CCNP Service Provider

Introducing the new CCNP Service Provider certification
New exams go live on February 24, 2020

New CCNP Service Provider Overview

  • The new CCNP Service Provider certification program prepares you for today’s professional-level job roles in service provider technologies.
  • CCNP Service Provider now includes automation and programmability to help you scale your service provider infrastructure.
  • One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCNP validates the core knowledge you need while giving you the flexibility to choose a focus area.
  • And now every exam in the CCNP Service Provider program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

To earn CCNP Service Provider, you pass two exams:

  • One  core exam
  • Any one SP concentration exam  (Any one  of your choice)

Core Exam

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of service provider infrastructure.
  • The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Service Provider certification.
  • Passing this exam helps toward earning both of these certifications.

Concentration exams

  • Focus on emerging and industry-specific topics such as advanced routing, VPN services, and automation.
  • You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.

REQUIRED EXAMS
Core exam:

350-501 SPCOR  - Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR)
Concentration exams (choose any one):

  • 300-510 SPRI - Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI)
  • 300-515 SPVI - Implementing Cisco Service Provider VPN Services (SVPI)
  • 300-535 SPAUTO - Implementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)

 

Currently we are offering the below Courses in Video Trainings. You can also find some sample Videos at our YouTube Channel.

Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR 350-501)

  • Exam Number:                            350-501 SPCOR
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                          120 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco Service Provider Core

Exam overview
This exam tests your knowledge of implementing core service provider network technologies, including:

  • Core architecture
  • Services
  • Networking
  • Automation
  • Quality of services
  • Security
  • Network assurance

Course Content

1.0 Architecture           15%

Describe service provider architectures

  • Core architectures (Metro Ethernet, MPLS, unified MPLS, SR)
  • Transport technologies (Optical, xDSL, DOCSIS, TDM, and xPON)
  • Mobility (packet core, RAN xhaul transport for 4G and 5G)

Describe Cisco network software architecture

  • IOS
  • IOS XE
  • IOS XR

Describe service provider virtualization

  • NFV infrastructure
  • VNF workloads
  • OpenStack

Describe QoS architecture

  • MPLS QOS models (Pipe, Short Pipe, and Uniform)
  • MPLS TE QoS (MAM, RDM, CBTS, PBTS, and DS-TE)
  • DiffServ and IntServ QoS models
  • Trust boundaries between enterprise and SP environments
  • IPv6 flow label

Configure and verify control plan security

  • Control plane protection techniques (LPTS and CoPP)
  • BGP-TTL security and protocol authentication
  • BGP prefix suppression
  • LDP security (authentication and label allocation filtering)
  • BGP sec
  • BGP flowspec

Describe management plane security

  • Traceback
  • AAA and TACACS
  • RestAPI security
  • DdoS

Implement data plane security

  • uRPF
  • ACLs
  • RTBH

2.0 Networking             30%

Implement IS-IS (IPv4 and IPv6)

  • Route advertisement
  • Area addressing
  • Multitopology
  • Metrics

Implement OSPF (v2 and v3)

  • Neighbor adjacency
  • Route advertisement
  • Multiarea (addressing and types)
  • Metrics

Describe BGP path selection algorithm
Implement BGP (v4 and v6 for IBGP and EBGP)

  • Neighbors
  • Prefix advertisement
  • Address family
  • Path selection
  • Attributes
  • Redistribution

Implement routing policy language and route maps (BGP, OSPF, IS-IS)
Troubleshoot routing protocols

  • Neighbor adjacency (IS-IS, OSPF, BGP)
  • Route advertisement (IS-IS, OSPF, BGP)

Describe IPv6 transition (NAT44, NAT64, 6RD, MAP, and DS Lite)
Implement high availability

  • NSF / graceful restart
  • NSR
  • BFD
  • Link aggregation

MPLS and Segment Routing    20%

Implement MPLS

  • LDP sync
  • LDP session protection
  • LDP neighbors
  • Unified MPLS
  • MPLS OAM

Describe traffic engineering

  • ISIS and OSPF extensions
  • RSVP functionality
  • FRR

Describe segment routing

  • Segment types
  • IGP control plane
  • Segment routing traffic engineering
  •  TI-LFa
  • PCE-PCC architectures

4.0 Services 20%

Describe VPN services

  • EVPN
  • Inter-AS VPN
  • CSC
  • mVPN

Configure L2VPN and Carrier Ethernet

  • Ethernet services (E-Line, E-Tree, E-Access, E-LAN)
  • IEEE 802.1ad, IEEE 802.1ah, and ITU G.8032
  • Ethernet OAM
  •  VLAN tag manipulation

Configure L3VPN

  • Intra-AS VPN
  • Shared services (extranet and Internet)

Implement multicast services

  • PIM (PIM-SM, PIM-SSM, and PIM-BIDIR)
  • IGMP v1/v2/v3 and MLD

Implement QoS services

  • Classification and marking
  • Congestion avoidance, traffic policing, and shaping

5.0 Automation and Assurance 15%

  • Describe the programmable APIs used to include Cisco devices in network automation
  • Interpret an external script to configure a Cisco device using a REST API
  • Describe the role of Network Services Orchestration (NSO)
  • Describe the high-level principles and benefits of a data modeling language, such as YANG
  • Compare agent vs. agentless configuration management tools, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and SaltStack
  • Describe data analytics and model-driven telemetry in service provider
  • Configure dial-in/out telemetry streams using gRPC
  • Configure and verify NetFlow/IPFIX
  • Configure and verify NETCONF and RESTCONF
  • Configure and verify SNMP (v2c/v3)

Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI 300-510)

  • Exam Number:                    300-510 SPRI
  • First date to test:                February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                  90 minutes
  • Available Languages:    English
  • Exam Registration:           Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Service Provider
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Service Provider Advanced Routing Implementation

Exam overview
This exam tests your knowledge of implementing service provider advanced routing technologies, including:

  • Routing protocols
  • Policy language
  • MPLS
  • Segment routing

 

Course Content
1.0 Unicast Routing    35%
Compare OSPF and IS-IS routing protocols
Troubleshoot OSPF multiarea operations (IPv4 and IPv6)

  • 1.2.a Route advertisement
  • 1.2.b Summarization

Troubleshoot IS-IS multilevel operations (IPv4 and IPv6)

  • Route advertisement
  • Summarization

Describe the BGP scalability and performance

  • 1.4.a BGP confederations
  • 1.4.b Route reflectors

Troubleshoot BGP

  • Route advertisement
  • Route reflectors
  • Confederations
  • Multihoming
  • TTL security and inter-domain security
  • Maximum prefix
  • Route dampening
  • Dynamic neighbors
  • Communities

Describe IPv6 tunneling mechanisms

  • Static IPv6-in-IPv4 tunnels
  • Dynamic 6to4 tunnels
  • IPv6 provider edge (6PE)

Implement fast convergence

  • Bidirectional forwarding detection
  • Nonstop Forwarding
  • NSR
  • Timers
  • BGP pic (edge and core)
  • LFA
  • BGP additional and backup path

2.0 Multicast Routing   15%
Compare multicast concepts

  • Multicast domains, distribution trees, and IGMP operations
  • Any-Source Multicast (ASM) versus Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
  • Intra-domain versus inter-domain multicast routing

Describe multicast concepts

  • Mapping of multicast IP addresses to MAC addresses
  • Multiprotocol BGP for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Principles and operations of PIM-SM
  • Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) operations
  • MLDP/P2MP

Implement PIM-SM operations

  • Auto-RP, PIMv2 BSR, anycast RP
  • BIDIR-PIM operations
  • SSM operations
  • MSDP operations

Troubleshoot multicast routing

  • Single domain
  • Multidomain

3.0 Routing Policy and Manipulation           25%
Compare routing policy language and route maps
Describe conditional matching

  • Operations
  • Semantics of policy applications and statements
  • Regular expressions
  • Policy sets
  • Tags
  • ACLs
  • Prefix lists and prefix sets
  • Route types
  • BGP attributes and communities
  • Hierarchical and parameterized structures

Troubleshoot route manipulation for IGPs

  • IS-IS
  • OSPF

Troubleshoot route manipulation for BGP

  • Route filtering
  • Traffic steering

4.0 MPLS and Segment Routing 25%
 Troubleshoot MPLS

  • LDP
  • LSP
  • Unified BGP
  • BGP free core
  • RSVP TE tunnels

Implement segment routing

  • Routing protocol extensions (OSPF, IS-IS, BGP)
  • SRGB and SRLB
  •  Topology-Independent Loop-Free Alternate (TI-LFA)
  • Migration procedures (SR prefer and mapping server)

Describe segment routing traffic engineering

  • Automated steering and coloring
  • Policies (constraints, metrics, and attributes)
  • PCE-based path calculation

Describe segment routing v6 (SRv6)

  • Control plane operations
  • Data plane operations

Implementing Cisco Service Provider VPN Services (SPVI 300-515)

  • Exam Number:                            300-515-SPVI
  • Duration:                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Service Provider
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco Service Provider VPN Services Implementation

Exam overview
This exam tests your knowledge of implementing service provider VPN services, including:

  • Layer 2
  • Layer 3
  • IPv6

 

Course Content
1.0 VPN Architecture                                25%
1.1 Compare VPN architecture

  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN
  • Inter-AS and Intra-AS

1.2 Troubleshoot underlay

  • Core IGP
  • LSP

1.3 Describe Layer 2 service architecture

  • IOS XR Ethernet Flowpoints
  • IOS XE Ethernet Virtual Circuits

1.4 Describe the L3VPN control plane operation

  • MP-BGP
  • Route distinguisher
  • VPNv4 address
  • Route target
  • VPN label
  • VRF routing instance
  • PE-CE route advertisement

1.5 Describe the L3VPN data plane operation

  • Underlay label
  • VRF forwarding instance

2.0 Layer 2 VPNs         30%
2.1 Troubleshoot L2VPN Services

  • E-LAN
  • E-Line
  • E-Tree

2.2 Describe EVPN concepts

  • Data plane and control plane operation
  • Multihoming mechanisms
  • Suppression mechanisms
  • Traffic forwarding operation

2.3 Implement Ethernet Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (E-OAM)
2.4 Implementing EVPN

  • EVPN IRB
  • EVPN VPWS
  •  EVPN native

3.0 Layer 3 VPNs  35%
3.1 Describe routing requirements

  • MP-BGP
  • PE-CE routing protocol

3.2 Troubleshoot Intra-AS L3VPNs

  • PE-CE
  • PE-PE
  • PE-RR

3.3 Implement multicast VPN

  • Intranet MVPN
  • Extranet MVPN
  • MLDP

3.4 Implement extranet/shared services

  • Import and export route targets
  • Route policy

3.5 Describe Inter-AS L3VPNs

  • Option A
  • Option B
  • Option AB
  • Option C

3.6 Describe CSC concepts
4.0 IPv6 VPNs 10%
4.1 Describe routing requirements

  • MP-BGP
  • PE-CE routing protocol

4.2 Troubleshoot IPv6 VPN provider edge

  • PE-PE
  • PE-CE

300-535 SPAUTO       Implementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)

  • Exam Number:                            300-535 SPAUTO
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Service Provider
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Service Provider Automation and Programmability

Exam overview
This exam tests your knowledge of implementing service provider automated solutions, including:

  • Programming concepts
  • Orchestration
  • Programming OS
  • Automation tools

 

Course Content
1.0 Network Programmability Foundation                              10%

  • Utilize common version control operations with git (add, clone, push, commit, diff, branching, and merging conflict)
  • Describe characteristics of API styles (REST and RPC)
  • Describe the challenges encountered and patterns used when consuming APIs synchronously and asynchronously
  • Interpret Python scripts containing data types, functions, classes, conditions, and looping
  • Describe the benefits of Python virtual environments
  • Explain the benefits of using network configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet for automating IOS XE or IOS XR platforms

2.0 Automation APIs and Protocols  30%

  • Describe the characteristics and use of YANG Data Models (OpenConfig, IETF, and Vendor)
  • Describe common HTTP authentication mechanisms (basic, token, and oauth)
  • Compare common data types (JSON, XML, YAML, plain text, gRPC, and protobuf)
  • Identify the JSON instance based on a YANG model
  • Identify the XML instance based on a YANG model
  • Interpret a YANG module tree generated by pyang
  • Implement configuration and operation management using RESTCONF protocol
  • Implement configuration and operation management using NETCONF protocol
  • Compare the NETCONF datastores

3.0 Network Device Programmability 30%

  • Deploy device configuration and validate operational state using ncclient
  • Construct a Python script using NETCONF with YDK
  • Deploy device configuration and validate operational state using NetMiko
  • Deploy device configuration and validate operational state using Ansible playbooks
  • Compare gNMI with NETCONF
  • Construct a Python script using RESTCONF with JSON
  • Construct Xpath notation for a given node or instance of a node
  • Diagnose model-driven dial-in/-out telemetry streams with gRPC for a Cisco IOS XR

4.0 Automation and Orchestration Platforms 30%

  • Describe ETSI NFV
  • Describe NSO architecture
  • Identify the benefits of NSO
  • Construct a Python script to configure a device using NSO RESTCONF API
  • Describe the management and automation of Cisco ESC components
  • Implement XR traffic controller (including topology information transfer to XTC)
  • Identify the uses of Cisco WAE
  • Construct a service template using NSO
  • Deploy a service package using NSO