BGP course

NL-ix brings back its famous BGP course.

NL-ix brings back its famous BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) course. The course is scheduled to happen on 3rd June. It will be conducted by Iljitsch van Beijnum. In one day (09.30 - 16.00) course participants will learn the internals of BGP protocol. This will help them with a much better understanding of their current BGP work.

About Iljitsch

Iljitsch got his start in the Dutch Internet Service Provider business in 1995. He soon realized that in order to maintain more than one connection to the Internet, you need something called "BGP". In 1997, he co-founded Pine Internet (later Pine Digital Security). In 1999, he worked for UUNET Netherlands on designing and implementing a new Dutch high speed backbone based on the UUNET US design. You can read more about Iljitsch here

Iljitsch is also the author of renowned book Internet Routing with BGP.

Internet Routing with BGP
Internet Routing with BGP

BGP Course

€ 595,- excluding VAT  

The online version of BGP Expert book by Iljitsch van Beijnum, will be made available for free to all the participants.

Your will receive an invoice from our finance department.


  1. Theory (morning)
  2. Routing in general (routers, subnets, routing protocols);
  3. What BGP does and how it works;
  4. IP addresses (address blocks, CIDR);
  5. PI/PA addresses and AS numbers (and the RIPE application process);
  6. The BGP route selection algorithm;
  7. Influencing BGP (route maps);
  8. Peer groups;
  9. Tools (whois, looking glass);
  10. Security (MD5 passwords, RPKI);
  11. Q&A.
  12. Practice (afternoon)
  13. BGP activation;
  14. Route filtering and advertising;
  15. Connecting to a transit provider;
  16. Peerings over an internet exchange;
  17. Manipulating upstream traffic (changing the local pref);
  18. Manipulating downstream traffic (AS path prepending);
  19. Filtering and security;
  20. Working with MD5 passwords;
  21. RPKI:
  22. Q&A.

Examples are shown for both IPv4 and IPv6, and the practice exercises can be done using IPv4 or IPv6 or both. The practice/lab examples run on virtual routers based on the FRR software, which has a configuration language similar to Cisco.

Please note: The course can only proceed when there are enough participants.

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