Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies v1.0 (Exam 350-501) - SPCOR Course Outline

(5 Days)


ThenewCCNP 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.

To earn CCNP Service Provider certification, you passtwoexams – acore examthat covers core service provider technologies (this class) and one service providerconcentration examof your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.

  • The core exam (this class) 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. The CCNP concentration exams are:
    • 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)

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Channel Partner / Reseller
  • Customer
  • Employee

At Course Completion

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 Outline

Topics Covered


  • 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)
    • 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


  • 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

  • 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


  • 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
    • IGMP v1/v2/v3 and MLD

  • Implement QoS services
    • Classification and marking
    • Congestion avoidance, traffic policing, and shaping

Automation and Assurance

  • 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)