Advanced Routing & Switching Solutions for Field Engineers


The Advanced Routing and Switching for Systems Engineers (ARSFE) course helps learners to configure and monitor advanced routing and switching services in Cisco devices. The course starts with an overview of advanced technologies such as security, bandwidth and application optimization and quality of service (QoS) as implemented in Cisco devices. The main families of Cisco routers and switches are described with respect to their hardware and software characteristics. The course then focuses on some advanced aspects of network management, including secure management access (Secure Shell [SSH]) and network monitoring with Syslog, Network Time Protocol (NTP), and Netflow services. High availability on Layer 2 (EtherChannel and Rapid Spanning Tree [RSTP]) and on Layer 3 (Hot Standby Router Protocol [HSRP], Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol [VRRP], and Gateway Load Balancing Protocol [GLBP]) is presented through configuration examples, followed by description of hardware and software redundancy on high-end modular switches. The course concludes with extensive explanation of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), with special attention to troubleshooting aspects of this technology.

Duration Vendor Audience
3 Days hands-on training Cisco Field Engineers
Level Technology Category
Specialist Routing & Switching Borderless Networking / IP Routing
Delivery Method Training Credits / Vouchers
Instructor-led (Classroom) Cisco Learning Credits Accepted

Course Content

1. Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Learner Skills and Knowledge
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow

2. Advanced Capabilities of Cisco Routers and Switches

  • Defining Advanced Capabilities of Cisco Routers and Switches
  • Routing and Switching Hardware

3. Network Management

  • Configuring Secure Remote Management Access
  • Monitoring, Troubleshooting and Managing Cisco Devices

4. Implement High Availability

  • Configuring Layer 2 High Availability
  • Configuring Layer 3 High Availability
  • Describing Hardware and Software Redundancy on Modular Switches

5. MPLS Implementation

  • MPLS VPN Implementations
  • Implementing and Monitoring MPLS
  • Implementing and Monitoring MPLS VPN
  • Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course is as follows:

  • CCNP or equivalent knowledge and skills in Cisco routing and switching technologies
  • MPLS knowledge

Cisco learning offerings that will enable you to meet the prescribed prerequisites:

  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (CI-ROUTE)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (CI-SWITCH)
  • Implementing Cisco MPLS Technologies (CI-MPLS)

Course Objectives

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

  • Define advanced capabilities of Cisco routers and switches, and list the hardware platforms that implement the advanced technologies
  • Securely manage Cisco network devices and monitor the network using Syslog, NTP, and NetFlow services
  • Configure Layer 2 and Layer 3 high availability on Cisco routers and switches, including hardware and software redundancy on modular switches
  • Configure and troubleshoot MPLS VPNs

Target Audience

This course is intended primarily for:

  • Cisco Premier Channel Partner Field Engineers
  • Cisco Customer Network Engineer

Associated Certifications & Exam

This course forms part of the requirements for the Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist Certification. Designed for Cisco Channel Partners and Resellers, the Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist will demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to successfully install, configure, monitor, and support the advanced capabilities of Cisco routing and switching solutions. Individuals who achieve this certification have demonstrated specific expertise in Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Quality of Service (QoS), High Availability (HA), WAN optimization, and IP version 6 (IPv6).

The associated course exam (642-067 ARSFE) tests a candidate’s knowledge of configuring and implementing the advanced capabilities of Cisco routing and switching solutions, verifying and troubleshooting the advanced capabilities of Cisco routing and switching solutions.