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H8D07 – Migrating from Cisco to HP FlexNetworks


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4 Days Course
Network Management/Design

Classroom + Online

Course Details


This four-day course gives network engineers an opportunity to plan for and implement migration from Cisco proprietary protocols to industry-standard protocols and interoperability with HP Comware devices. Participants will develop plans for migrating Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols, and have an opportunity to identify and resolve real-world problems that often occur during migration.


This course covers basic and advanced topics within the HP FlexCampus Architecture. The learner will experience both theory and hands on experience utilizing real hardware through lab exercises over five days. The learner will configure, monitor, HP ProVision devices using open standard technologies. You will work with layer 2 technologies, such as Multiple Instance Spanning Tree (MSTP) and Link-Aggregation (Trunks). You will also learn about Backplane Stacking. Layer 3 technologies, such as static routes, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) with Multi-Area implementations, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), along with multicast solutions leveraging Protocol independent Multicast (PIM) both dense and spare modes.


At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Securely manage HP Comware switches
  • Configure HP Comware and Cisco switches to interoperate using Rapid PVST and MSTP
  • Configure a combination of HP Comware and Cisco switches to operate as edge devices connecting to an IRF fabric
  • Migrate an existing Cisco EIGRP network to open standards using OSPF
  • Configure HP Comware and Cisco switches to interoperate using BGP
  • Troubleshoot connectivity issues with HP Comware and Cisco devices using open standards


Module 1 – HP Comware Device Management

  • Comware initial device access
    • Management interfaces
    • CLI navigation
    • Compare User-view and System-view
    • Help and command auto-completion
  • Comware basic configuration
    • Interface configuration and verification
    • DNS configuration
    • NTP and manual time configuration
  • Securing device access
    • Role-based access control
    • Local user accounts
    • AAA with RADIUS
    • Configure SSH access
  • Managing software images
    • Understanding the Comware boot process
    • Comware password recovery procedure
    • Flash file system management
    • Upgrade the OS on a Comware device
  • Managing system configuration files
    • Save running configuration
    • Specify the configuration to be used at bootup
    • Delete, rename, and copy configuration files
  • Basic troubleshooting commands
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol
    • View LLDP neighbor information
    • LLDP – CDP interoperability
  • Comware Information Center
    • Info-center severity levels
    • Customizing info-center operation

Module 2 – HP-Cisco VLAN Interoperability

  • Static VLANs
    • VLAN terminology
    • Port types
    • Static VLAN configuration syntax
    • VLAN verification
  • IP configuration
    • IP default settings
    • IP interface verification
  • VLAN routing
  • DHCP support on HP Comware switches
    • DHCP relay
    • DHCP server
  • Dynamic VLANs
    • Compare VTP and GVRP
    • GVRP operations

Module 3 – Spanning Tree Interoperability and Migration

  • Compare single- and multiple-instance STP
    • History and overview of Spanning Tree protocols
    • HP-Cisco options for interoperability
    • Compare STP/RSTP with PVST+/Rapid PVST+
    • Compare PVST+/Rapid PVST+ with MSTP
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) overview
    • MST instances
    • MSTP regions
    • Spanning tree interconnecting different MSTP regions
    • MSTP BPDUs
  • MSTP interoperability
    • Root bridge selection
    • Configure edge ports
    • Compare MSTP path cost methods
  • Spanning Tree protection functions
  • MSTP verification
    • Region config verification
    • Verify port states
  • Troubleshooting
    • Symptoms of MSTP misconfiguration
    • Failure to activate region changes
  • HP-Cisco PVST interoperability
    • Required and optional configuration steps
    • Display PVST information

Module 4 – Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF)

  • IRF virtualization overview
    • IRF analogy and advantages
    • Compare ring and chain topologies
    • Master election – member ID and priority
    • IRF resilience
    • Logical IRF ports
    • IRF topology and forwarding traffic
    • Detecting a split stack condition
  • Planning IRF fabric deployment
    • IRF access layer best practices
    • IRF distribution best practices
    • IRF core layer best practices
    • Combine IRF with link aggregation
  • IRF configuration procedures
    • Options for local and remote devices
    • Configure load sharing on aggregated IRF ports
    • Configure methods for detecting split stack
    • Configuration file synchronization
    • In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Verify IRF configuration and status
  • Identify and resolve connectivity problems with IRF configuration

Module 5 – Link Aggregation Interoperability

  • Link aggregation overview
    • Load-sharing limitations of STP
    • Link aggregation interoperability
    • Load sharing options
  • Link aggregation modes
    • Static/Manual link aggregation
    • Dynamic link aggregation
    • LACP operational modes
  • Link aggregation configuration
    • Static link aggregation
    • Dynamic link aggregation
    • Comware load-sharing mode
  • Verify link aggregation status
  • Troubleshooting link aggregation

Module 6 – EIGRP to OSPF Interoperability and Migration

  • Review basic OSPF
    • Establishing adjacency
    • LSAs and Link State Database
    • Network types: Broadcast, MBNA, PtoP
  • OSPF Multiple-area overview
    • Area Border Router
    • Inter-area routes
    • Route aggregation and filtering between areas
  • OSPF external routes
    • Autonomous System Boundary Router
    • AS External summary routes
    • Aggregating AS External routes
    • Type 1 and Type 2 metric for external routes
    • Using Stub and Totally Stub area types to summarize
    • Using Not-so-stubby area type
  • Compare EIGRP and OSPF
    • Peer relationships
    • Route selection
    • Route summarization
    • Design considerations
  • Choosing an EIGRP-to-OSPF migration method
    • Overlay method
    • Redistribution method
  • Plan for migration
    • Identify factors that might cause downtime
    • Peering and authentication
    • Area boundaries and address summarization scenarios
    • Redistribution and filtering
  • Identify and resolve problems that may occur in production migration

Module 7 – Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Interoperability

  • BGP use cases
    • Multi-home BGP subscriber
    • Small ISP
    • Large ISP
  • BGP overview
    • Session establishment
    • Advertising and receiving prefixes
    • Route attributes
  • Configure BGP on HP Comware and Cisco
    • Create a connection
    • Control route generation and redistribution
    • Advertisement and reception filters
  • BGP scaling features
    • Peer groups
    • Communities
    • Route reflector and confederation

Target Audience

Network or systems administrators, network engineers, and consultants who plan to integrate HP Comware 7 switches into an existing Cisco environment, or migrate to HP Comware from a Cisco environment


  • This course is recommended for students who have practical experience with Cisco switches.
  • HP recommends completion of H4C87, H4C88, or H8D09, or have equivalent experience.
  • Previous networking experience is required