NACC : Network Automation using Contrail Cloud

  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Test Level: Intermediate
  • Certifications: No Certification
  • Price: USD 4750
  • Exams: No Exam
This five-day course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to work with the Juniper Networks OpenContrail and Contrail Cloud software-defined networking (SDN) solutions. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of how to use the OpenStack, OpenContrail, and Contrail Web UIs, APIs, and CLI to perform the required tasks. Through demonstrations and hands-on labs, students will gain experience with the features of Contrail and OpenContrail. This course is based on Contrail Release 3.2.0.

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the need for SDN.
  • Explain the main SDN concepts.
  • Describe common types of SDN.
  • Explain why the NFV architecture was created.
  • Describe the main NFV components.
  • Give examples of Virtualized Network Functions.
  • Describe the purpose of OpenStack.
  • Identify the function of each of the main OpenStack Projects.
  • Use the OpenStack CLI.
  • Describe OpenStack REST APIs and Python SDK.
  • Use OpenStack Heat Orchestration Templates.
  • Configure OpenStack using Horizon Web UI and Heat.
  • Describe the purpose of Contrail and OpenContrail.
  • Explain how versions of Contrail differ.
  • Discuss Contrail related solutions.
  • Describe the functions of the Contrail and OpenContrail vRouters.
  • Describe the functions of the Contrail and OpenContrail SDN Controller.
  • Explain the role of the control, configuration, and analytics nodes in Contrail and OpenContrail.
  • Use Contrail and OpenContrail troubleshooting tools.
  • Describe available Contrail and OpenContrail configuration methods.
  • Configure Contrail Virtual DNS services.
  • Create virtual networks.
  • Create policies to control the flow of traffic.
  • Use Contrail Configuration API.
  • Explain how virtual and physical networks can be connected.
  • Configure Floating IPs.
  • Use physical gateway devices with Contrail.
  • Configure physical devices with Device Manager.
  • Use simple virtual gateway.
  • Explain Docker integration with Contrail.
  • Use BGP as a Service feature.
  • Understand Load Balancing as a Service.
  • Describe vRouter support for DPDK and SR-IOV.
  • Understand Contrail Global Controller.
  • Describe service chaining within Contrail.
  • Understand service chains version 1 and version 2.
  • Configure service chaining.
  • Configure Source NAT.
  • Understand details of service chain routing.
  • Use routing policies.
  • Explain the use of Docker containers in service chains.
  • Describe Physical Network Function integration.
  • Explain how to route traffic from physical network via Contrail and OpenContrail service chain.
  • Explain the functions of Contrail Analytics.
  • Describe how to work with the Monitor workspace.
  • Discuss how to run flow queries and examine system logs.
  • Use Contrail Analytics API.
  • Work with Contrail Alarms.
  • Understand how to analyze live traffic with Contrail and OpenContrail.
  • Describe Underlay Overlay mapping.
  • Explain pre-installation tasks and roles.
  • Describe Contrail installation using Fabric scripts.
  • Describe additional settings and operations.
  • Describe installation process using Server Manager Lite.

Day 1

Chapter 1: Course Introduction

Chapter 2: SDN Fundamentals

  • The need for SDN
  • SDN Explained
  • OpenFlow Based SDN
  • SDN as an Overlay
  • SDN via API
  • SDN for the WAN


Chapter 3: Network Function Virtualization

  • Introduction to NFV
  • NFV Architecture
  • Examples of VNFs


Chapter 4: OpenStack Fundamentals

  • OpenStack Overview
  • OpenStack Projects
  • Exploring OpenStack Installation and Using CLI
  • Lab 1: Exploring OpenStack with the CLI


Chapter 5: OpenStack Configuration

  • OpenStack Interface Options
  • Using OpenStack Heat Templates
  • OpenStack Configuration
  • Lab 2: Configuring OpenStack


Day 2

Chapter 6: Contrail Overview

  • Contrail Use Cases
  • Contrail Solution Overview
  • Contrail Related Solutions


Chapter 7: Contrail Architecture Fundamentals

  • Contrail Architecture Overview
  • Contrail Management and Analytics
  • Contrail Control Plane
  • Contrail Data Plane
  • Basic Contrail Troubleshooting
  • Lab 3: Exploring and Troubleshooting the Contrail vRouter and SDN Controller


Chapter 8: Contrail Configuration Basics

  • Contrail Configuration Methods
  • vRouter Services
  • Configuring Virtual Networks
  • Configuring Network Policies and Security Groups
  • Contrail API Python Library
  • Lab 4: Virtual Networks and Policies


Day 3

Chapter 9: Interacting with External Networks

  • Connecting Virtual and Physical Networks
  • Floating IPs
  • Using Device Manager
  • Configuring Simple Virtual Gateway
  • Lab 5: Creating Floating IPs and Gateways


Chapter 10: Contrail Network Services

  • Using Docker Containers
  • BGP as a Service
  • Load Balancing as a Service Overview
  • vRouter Support for DPDK and SR-IOV
  • Contrail Global Controller Overview
  • Lab 6: Using Docker Containers with Contrail


Day 4

Chapter 11: Contrail Service Chains

  • Service Chaining Overview
  • In-Network Service Chain and Configuration
  • Transparent Service Chain and Configuration
  • Configuring Source NAT
  • Automating Service Chaining
  • Lab 7: Creating Contrail Service Chains


Chapter 12: Advanced Service Chaining

  • Advanced Operation
  • Service Chain with Docker Containers
  • Physical Network Function Integration
  • NFV for ISP Case Study
  • Lab 8: Advanced Service Chain Operation and Troubleshooting


Day 5

Chapter 13: Contrail Monitoring and Analytics

  • Analytics Overview
  • Monitor > Infrastructure Workspace
  • Monitor > Networking Workspace
  • Flow Queries, Logs, and Statistics
  • Configuring Contrail Analytics
  • Analytics API
  • Lab 9: Using Contrail Analytics


Chapter 14: Analyzing Network State and Traffic Flows

  • Contrail Alarms
  • Analyzing Live Traffic
  • Underlay Overlay Mapping
  • Lab 10: Analyzing Traffic Flows with Contrail Analytics


Appendix A: Contrail Installation

  • Pre-Installation and Roles
  • Installation using Fabric Scripts
  • Additional Settings and Operations
  • Installation using Server Manager Lite
  • Lab 11: Installing Contrail

The prerequisites for this course are as follows:

  • Basic TCP/IP skills;
  • General understanding of data center virtualization;
  • Basic understanding of the Junos operating system;
  • Attendance of the Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) course prior to attending this class; and
  • Basic knowledge of object-oriented programming and Python scripting is recommended.