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Cisco ASR 901 Essentials (A901E)


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Course Schedule

  • 3 Days Course
    Routing & Metro Ethernet

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    This instructor-led course introduces you to the features and functions of the Cisco® ASR 901 Series platform. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will gain an understanding of the major aspects of the platform, including hardware, software, Layer 2 services, and management features. This training is based on Cisco IOS® Software Release 15.2(2)SNG for the Cisco ASR 901.


    Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    • List and describe features, benefits, and functions of Cisco ASR 901 Series routers
    • Describe each of the hardware components and perform hardware maintenance on the Cisco ASR 901
    • List and describe the architecture, features, and functions of the hardware elements of the fixed-configuration Cisco ASR 901 router
    • Explain the Cisco ASR 901 operating system and functionality
    • Instal Configure Ethernet interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901 router using the Cisco Ethernet Virtual Circuit command line interface
    • Configure T1/E1controllers and serial and MLPPP interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901 routerlsoftware on a Cisco ASR 901 Series router


    • Module 1: Using the Cisco ASR 901 for IP Radio Access Network Backhaul
      • Existing Radio Access Network Backhaul
      •  Next-Generation IP Radio Access Network Backhaul
      • Placement of the Cisco ASR 901 in the IP RAN Backhaul Solution
    • Module 2: Hardware Overview and Maintenance of the ASR 901
      • Cisco ASR 901 Placement and Function in the IP RAN Solution
      • Cisco ASR 901 Chassis and Common Equipment
      • Performing Hardware-Related Monitoring Tasks
      • Cisco ASR 901 Hardware Maintenance and Field Replacement
      • Chassis Port Numbering Scheme
      • Establishing Connectivity to the Backhaul Circuit
      • Establishing Connectivity Within the Cell Site
    • Module 3: Software Overview and Configuration
      • Cisco ASR 901 Cisco IOS Software Overview
      • Logging into the Cisco ASR 901
      • Displaying the Configuration and Locating Important System Files
      • Generating and Installing Software Licenses
      • Performing Basic System and Interface Commands
      • Performing Cisco IOS Command Line Tips and Tricks
      • Applying Cisco IOS Configuration Scripts
      • Performing Software Upgrades
    • Module 4: Configuring Ethernet Interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901
      • Enabling Ethernet Interfaces
      • Overview of the Cisco Ethernet Virtual Circuit Framework
      • Configuring Ethernet Interfaces Using the Ethernet Virtual Circuit CLI
      • Comparing EVC CLI to Traditional Layer 2 and Layer 3 CLI
      • Ethernet Configuration Example for IP RAN Backhaul
      • Verifying Ethernet Interface Configuration
      • Configuring Cisco Discovery Protocol and Link Layer Discovery Protocol
      • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
      • Configuring Link Aggregation and Redundancy Using Port Channels
    • Module 5: Configuring TDM Interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901
      • Enabling T1/E1 Serial Ports for First Time Use
      • Selecting T1/E1 Clocking
      • Configuring and Verifying T1/E1 Controllers
      • Configuring and Verifying Serial Interfaces
      • Configuring and Verifying Multilink PPP
      • Performing Loopback and Bit Error Rate Testing

    Lab Outline

    • Lab 1: Performing Hardware Discovery and Initial Cisco ASR 901 Configuration
    • Lab 2: Installing Cisco ASR 901 Licenses and Performing Software Upgrades
    • Lab 3: Configuring Ethernet Interfaces Using the Ethernet Virtual Circuit Command Line Interface
    • Lab 4: Configuring T1/E1 Controllers, Network Clocking, Serial Interfaces, and Multilink PPP
    • Lab 5: Configuring TDM Local Switching, Performing Loopback and Bit Error Rate Testing

    Target Audience

    This course is for technical professionals who need to know how to implement Cisco ASR 901 Series routers in their 3G or 4G mobile backhaul network environment.

    • The following are considered the primary audience for this course:
    • Technical support personnel
    • System engineers


    Following are the prerequisites for this course:

    • Attend the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) course or equivalent experience
    • Knowledge of Cisco IOS Software commands
    • Knowledge of Layer 2 IEEE switching and related protocols