theterranautMemberNovember 12, 2006 at 1:08 pm #117670
I’ve been ‘lurking’ on this forum for a wee while, and have hopefully helped a few
people [even if they (generally) never came back to let me know :( ]. This is my first post
asking for help…
Its part career advice, part training, I suppose. I’ve worked for a number of
companies, and designed and installed a fair few setups- but I’ve almost no
experience whatsover in MPLS. And thats what every position I’ve seen advertised
that I think is a suitable ‘next step’ seems to need as a key skill. It looks chicken/egg based: I need to make that jump to a telco or ISP to get to that next level and gain MPLS experience, but telcos/ISPs need MPLS experience to hire me! So, you see where I’m coming from.
Anyone have any idea of a basic minimum kit I would need to get my feet a bit wet with MPLS? Is there a way to set a router up as an MPLS switch, kinda like can be done with FR?
Any thoughts or comments are gratefully received-
daviddavisMemberNovember 16, 2006 at 3:20 pm #263664
Re: MPLS for home lab?
I believe that you can use a multiport router as a MPLS switch. I think it would be good experience if you want to work at an ISP that used MPLS. Different ISP’s use MPLS in different ways. For example, on the AT&T network, if a customer gets a MPLS circuit, their router (the customer’s router) actually uses the MPLS protocol. In my situation, I have Sprint MPLS. With Sprint, they have core MPLS Cisco routers that tag the traffic with MPLS and switch it however, the customer’s router (my router) doesn’t run MPLS. SO, in my case, I am using their MPLS network but my router’s don’t run MPLS at all. My routers just run EIGRP as the routing protocol and talk to their routers in the Sprint MPLS cloud.
Here is a link on configuring the Cisco IOS for MPLS.
There are also some Cisco Press books on MPLS at http://www.ciscopress.com
Best of luck to you!
Feel free to post what you learn or if you have more questions!
theterranautMemberNovember 17, 2006 at 6:18 am #285833
Re: MPLS for home lab?
Thanks David, much obliged to you as usual! Yep, its looking like I need to
convince some poor unsuspecting telco to hire me…
all the best,
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