Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Review for "IP Multicast Fundamentals LiveLessons (Workshop) by Darby Weaver

August 13, 2016





Tags: The Cisco Live Lessons Cisco Press title “IP Multicast Fundamentals LiveLessons (Workshop)” by Ron Fuller CCIE# 5851 is a great resource which covers in depth the interesting and useful topic of IP Multicasting. I have worked with IP Multicasting Design and Deployed it for many technologies including Voice, Video, and Collaboration Networks, a multitude of Medical Applications which were previously relegated to only functioning at Layer of the OSI Model, various Routing Protocols, and a wide variety of other applications.  As a Subject Matter Expert in the technology of Multicasting and having designed some applications for the likes of Universal Studios and many other well known networks I feel confident and competent in highly recommending this awesome Cisco Press Live Lesson I use personally in my own library.

The IP Multicast Fundamentals LiveLessons (Workshop) is an excellent comprehensive educational resource that’s great for a solid introduction to IP Multicast and into the advanced configuration options available for the technology.  The title implies “Fundamental” which to some might imply basic but that’s where the implications stop and start.  The fact is the author is a very distinguished member of the Cisco IT Community and a CCIE of Quality and took a lot of care to not just shed light on the Fundamentals of Multicast but to add a reference to a what has become to some a very difficult topic to attain complete mastery.  I am very impressed with the author, Ron Fuller CCIE #5851, and his skillful delivery of the topic of IP Multicast.  Ron has over 21 years of industry experience and it shows up very well in this offering.  This LiveLessons Video Workshop is a bargain for the contents and the level of detail included.  The topic of IP Multicast is a topic embedded in my Cisco certifications, most notably the CCIE Routing and Switching and other tracks as well.  However, despite being a topic that is rarely developed to a degree of finality, IP Multicast tends to be a side lines topic.  Not so in this offering of Cisco Press, by Mr. Fuller.  He takes off at a smooth introduction in Chapter One and doesn’t dare to disappoint all the way into SSM, or Source Specific Multicast.  I am happy with adding IP Multicast Fundamentals to my rather extensive Cisco Press Library and I know you’ll be happy to add it to yours. 


IP Multicast Fundamentals LiveLessons Workshop has more than 6 hours of video instruction and it’s really like taking a paid training class with a CCIE Instructor who delivers the content at the expert level.  The materials is designed for an beginning to intermediate audience, however as with all Cisco Fundamentals this means it covers everything utilized in mostly every network and it doesn’t get to the advanced level until you are developing IP Multicast Applications or writing the RFC’s.  This is an excellent product and I hope if you need to learn Multicast for a Project or for a Certification then you won’t be disappointed.

More than 6 hours of video training on IP Multicast technologies and configuration. The workshop covers a solid understanding of IP Multicast technologies across Cisco IOS, IOS XE, and NX-OS product families.

IP Multicast Fundamentals LiveLessons (Workshop) is an engaging and unique video course taught in front of a live audience. Ron Fuller, a double CCIE in Routing and Switching and Storage Area Networking, and co-author of NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architecture, teaches you the skills you need to understand IP Multicast and its configuration across multiple Cisco platforms.

This workshop starts with an overview of IP Multicast before moving on to Layer 2 of the OSI reference model with a discussion of Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Ron then moves on to Layer 3 and a review of Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM). The workshop then dives into a discussion of options for Rendezvous Point (RP) engineering before focusing on controlling multicast traffic. Ron then shifts focus to Source Specific Multicast (SSM) before concluding with a discussion of IPv6 and Multicast.

This workshop is a digital download. A streaming version is also available for purchase here:

Skill Level
The students should be beginner to intermediate.
What You Will Learn
An easy-to-use and cost-effective means to learn the various concepts associated with IP Multicast technologies.

Who Should Take This Course
The target audience for this video workshop is the network engineer or operator. The secondary audience is help desk analysts or network administrators as well as certification candidates.

Course Requirements
These LiveLessons assume common knowledge of Cisco IOS and network switching and routing theory. The typical student should have at least a CCNA certification and be responsible for configuration and day-to-day operations of networks.

Table of Contents
Lesson 1: Introduction to IP Multicast
Lesson 1.1 Multicast Overview
Lesson 1.2 Multicast Addressing
Lesson 1.3 Multicast Distribution Trees and State
Lesson 2: Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
Lesson 2.1 IGMP Overview
Lesson 2.2 IGMPv2
Lesson 2.3 IGMPv3
Lesson 3: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
Lesson 3.1 Multicast Protocol Fundamentals
Lesson 3.2 PIM Overview
Lesson 3.3 PIM Dense Mode
Lesson 3.4 PIM Sparse Mode
Lesson 3.5 PIM Source Specific Multicast Mode
Lesson 3.6 PIM Bidirectional (BiDir) Mode
Lesson 4: Rendezvous Point (RP) Engineering
Lesson 4.1 Rendezvous Points
Lesson 4.2 RP Redundancy
Lesson 4.3 RP Redundancy in IOS
Lesson 4.4 RP Redundancy in IOS-XE
Lesson 4.5 RP Redundancy in NX-OS
Lesson 5: Controlling Multicast Traffic
Lesson 5.1 Methods for Controlling Multicast Traffic
Lesson 5.2 Controlling Multicast Traffic in IOS
Lesson 5.3 Controlling Multicast Traffic in IOS-XE
Lesson 5.4 Controlling Multicast Traffic in NX-OS
Lesson 6: Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
Lesson 6.1 SSM Overview
Lesson 6.2 SSM in IOS
Lesson 6.3 SSM in IOS-XE
Lesson 6.4 SSM in NX-OS
Lesson 7: IPv6 and Multicast
Lesson 7.1 IPv6 Overview
Lesson 7.2 Configuring IPv6 and Multicast in IOS
Lesson 7.3 Configuring IPv6 and Multicast in IOS-XE
Lesson 7.4 Configuring IPv6 and Multicast in NX-OS

Lesson 1: Introduction to IP Multicast
This lesson provides a foundation for the rest of the course with a discussion of multicast. Topics include application usage, addressing, distribution trees, reverse path forwarding, and state.

Lesson 2: Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
This lesson covers the Layer 2 component of multicast, IGMP, including a review of the operation of both IGMPv2 and IGMPv3, followed by configuration examples.

Lesson 3: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
This lesson goes into detail on Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) and its various modes. Coverage includes PIM dense, sparse, source specific multicast (SSM), and BiDirectional (BiDir) modes, compared and contrasted with configuration examples.

Lesson 4: Rendezvous Point (RP) Engineering
This lesson covers the topic of Rendezvous Points (RP) and the role they play in a multicast network. The lesson focuses on RP redundancy using Anycast, MSDP, and Anycast-PIM, complemented with configurations.

Lesson 5: Controlling Multicast Traffic
This lesson reviews the important topic of control mechanisms for multicast traffic. The lesson covers both L2 and L3 controls and provides configuration examples.

Lesson 6: Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
This lesson covers the mechanics and benefits of SSM and provides configurations in IOS, IOS-XE, and NX-OS.

Lesson 7: IPv6 and Multicast
This lesson begins with a high-level overview of IPv6 with a focus on IPv6 multicasting capabilities, multicast addressing, and Rendezvous Points. The lesson concludes with sample IOS, IOS-XE, and NX-OS configurations.

Q&A Session
This video includes the question and answer exchange between Ron and the members of the live audience related to topics covered during the course.

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Darby Weaver

The Cisco Network Architect





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