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Exam 180-320

Cut Score
58% or More

This exam tests skills in intermediate to advanced BGP theory and concepts to configure and troubleshoot BGP networks in Service Provider and Enterprise network environments. This exam tests the skills to deploy networks using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) with a focus on the features of the Brocade NetIron series of routers. This exam also tests the knowledge and skills to implement MPLS Traffic Engineering using Brocade switches. 

This exam is made up of BGP content (approximately 46%) and MPLS content (approximately 54%).

This exam supports the Brocade Expert IP Administrator 2017 certification requirements.


Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

Know and understand BGP foundational systems and technologies

  • Differentiate between Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP) and Exterior Gateway Protocols (EGP).
  • Describe an Autonomous System (AS).
  • Differentiate between ACLs and route-maps.

Know and understand BGP concepts and solutions

  • Describe the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to include general operation, IP and BGP route tables, BGP message types and purpose, BGP session states, the purpose and function of BGP+ address families, and the difference between eBGP and iBGP adjacencies.
  • Explain BGP path manipulation within a device, BGP best path route decision process, and standard BGP attributes used for route selection and how they are used as basic routing policy tools.
  • Explain protocol stability and resiliency to include graceful restart, benefits of bidirectional forwarding detection (BFD), the purpose and operation of route flap dampening, and BGP multipath capabilities.

Plan and design a BGP solution

  • Explain and demonstrate how standard BGP attributes influence route selection or traffic flow.

Implement a BGP solution

  • Configure and verify BGP configurations to include:

    • Configure and enable the router for BGP, set Local AS, add neighbors using CLI.
    • Configure other BGP parameters and advertise networks.
    • Configure BGP+ with IPv6.
    • Configure graceful restart.
    • Define and use route maps in BGP.
    • Describe BGP policy applications.
    • Test and verify BGP policies.

Enhance a BGP solution

  • Influence inbound and outbound traffic flow using BGP attributes such as AS_PATH, MED, LOCAL_PREF.
  • Configure BGP for link-level redundancy and eBGP/iBGP multipath.
  • Demonstrate how to scale BGP by using route reflectors, confederations, and peer groups.
  • Configure and verify BFD operation; configure route-flap dampening.

Troubleshoot a BGP solutions

  • Troubleshoot BGP peering issues.
  • Use NOTIFICATION message error codes to determine cause of issues.

Know and understand foundational MPLS system and technologies

  • Explain MPLS signaling protocols and standards

    • Explain the purpose of MPLS.
    • Identify RSVP features and benefits; supported MPLS protocols; the additional functions OSPF-TE support.
    • Differentiate between LDP and RSVP protocols.
    • Discuss the purpose of MP-BGP in an MPLS environment.
  • Explain control plane and data plane features and benefits

    • Describe Label Switched Paths (LSPs) flow; LSR label operations; LDP operation, and MPLS forwarding architecture.
  • Explain MPLS services

    • Describe the features, benefits, and limitations of VLL, VPLS, and VRF.

Know and understand MPLS concepts and solutions

  • Describe LDP functions to include LDP message types, LDP session establishment, LDP label distribution and stacking, and LDP best path route decision process.
  • Describe RSVP functions to include protocol, RSVP message types, and RSVP LSP session establishment.
  • Describe MPLS services to include Layer 2 and 3 MPLS deployment and their service features.
  • Describe the purpose of Multiprotocol BGP (MP-BGP) address families.

Plan and design an MPLS solution

  • Use Traffic Engineering to design an MPLS solution to include the use of Admin groups, Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF),Traffic Engineered LSP establishment, and the correlation between CoS assignments on LSPs and VLL/VPLS instances.
  • Describe the redundancy options in an MPLS design.

Implement an MPLS solution

  • Configure Layer 2 services to include VLL and VPLS configurations.
  • Configure Layer 3 services to include CE to PE neighboring and VPNv4 neighboring configurations.
  • Configure MPLS to include optional LDP global parameters, interfaces for LDP label distribution, OSPF-TE, LSP path selection and protection using RSVP configurations.

Troubleshoot and repair an MPLS solution

  • Troubleshoot MPLS issues, Layer 2 services, Layer 3 issues, and VPNv4 MP-BGP peering issues.


This exam is for switch administrators, system integrators, support personnel, technicians and users who need detailed technical information about BGP, MPLS, and MPLS-TE deployments within a network using Brocade switches.


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