NREN BGP Workshop (NREN)


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This is a technical workshop, made up of lecture and hands-on lab work to teach the Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) skills required for the configuration and operation of the large scale networks that make up the Internet according to current industry best practices. The course uses both IPv4 and IPv6 in a dual stack infrastructure.

Workshop Topics

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • IS-IS design and best practices for R&E networks
  • BGP protocol, attributes and policy control
  • BGP Best Practices, including Aggregation
  • BGP multihoming techniques (redundancy and load balancing)
  • BGP Communities as used by Network Operators

The skills learned during this course will help improve the performance of the NREN and the campus networks connected to them. In turn this will give a better end user experience, and will improve the over all participation in and utilisation of the global R&E infrastructure.

Target Audience

  • The course targets the network & systems engineers from tertiary education institutions (campuses) and National or Regional Research and Education networks (RENs) who are responsible for network maintenance, planning and design. It is designed for participants who are planning to deploy redundant connectivity to their NREN and commodity service provider for their campus infrastructure. The course is also suitable for network operators who are considering deploying IPv6 across their infrastructure and to their end users.


This is not an introduction to routing. It is a requirement that workshop participants are proficient with a router command line interface, and have a good understanding of OSPF or IS-IS. Exposure to BGP in an operational network would be advantageous.

  • Medium to good knowledge of the UNIX/Linux command line environment
  • Completed the NSRC Campus Network Design & Operations Workshop
  • Participants are required to bring a laptop


At the end of the workshop, students will be able to:

  • Configure IS-IS within their network infrastructure, according to industry best practices.
  • Know how to operate a dual stack network, and be aware of the similarities and differences between IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Be conversant in the BGP protocol, and know how to use the different BGP attributes to achieve different policies.
  • Use BGP to efficiently configure multiple connections to different autonomous systems, with redundancy and load balancing between multiple links.
  • Understand how traffic engineering using BGP operates, and how to use BGP traffic engineering to handle end-user requirements.
  • Be aware of the best practices for using BGP on the Internet today, including Aggregation and Scaling.

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