Network Automation using Contrail Cloud (NACC)

Overview

This five-day course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to work with the Juniper Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) solution. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of how to use the OpenStack 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. This course is based on Contrail Release 3.2.0. 

Target Audience

This course benefits individuals responsible for working with software-defined networking solutions in data center, service provider, and enterprise network environments.

Prerequisites

  • 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
  • Basic knowledge of object-oriented programming and Python scripting is recommended

Course Objectives

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 how Contrail fits into the NFV Architecture.
  • Explain how the versions of Contrail differ.
  • Describe the functions of the Contrail vRouter and Contrail Controller.
  • Explain the role of the control, configuration, and analytic nodes in Contrail.
  • Configure and deploy virtual DNS and IPAMs.
  • Create virtual networks in Contrail Cloud.
  • Create policies to control the flow of traffic in Contrail Cloud.
  • Configure Floating IPs in Contrail Cloud.
  • Create simple virtual gateways and physical gateways in Contrail Cloud.
  • Explain Docker integration with Contrail.
  • Describe additional Contrail deployment options.
  • Describe the difference between service chain version 1 and version 2.
  • Create in-network and transparent service chains in Contrail Cloud.
  • Create service chains that include VMs, containers and physical devices.
  • Troubleshoot service chain creation issues in Contrail Cloud.
  • Use analytics tools to monitor Contrail.
  • Configure Contrail Analytics.
  • Use Contrail analytics API.
  • Configure alerts in Contrail.
  • Navigate the Contrail’s underlay overlay mapping tools.
  • Perform Contrail installation using fab scripts.
  • Perform Contrail installation using Server Manager.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Chapter 1: Course Introduction
  • Chapter 2: SDN Fundamentals
    • The Need for SDN
    • SDN Explained
    • Open 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 Solution Overview
    • Contrail Use Cases
    • Contrail Solution Overview
    • Contrail Related Solutions
  • Chapter 7: Contrail Architecture Fundamentals
    • Contrail vRouter
    • Contrail SDN Overlay Controller
    • Lab 3: Exploring and Troubleshooting the Contrail vRouter and SDN Controller
  • Chapter 8: Contrail Virtual Networks
    • IPAM and DNS
    • Virtual Networks in Contrail
    • Network Policies
    • Contrail Heat Overview
    • Lab 4: Virtual Networks and Policies
Day 3
  • Chapter 9: Interacting with External Networks
    • Floating IPs
    • Connecting to Gateway Devices using Device Manager
    • Configuring Simple Virtual Gateway
    • Lab 5: Creating Floating IPs and Gateways
  • Chapter 10: Contrail Network Service Deployment Options
    • Using Docker Containers with Contrail 
    • BGP as a Service
    • LBaaS
    • DPDK vRouter Overview
    • Contrail Global Controller Overview
    • Lab 6: Using Docker Containers with Contrail
Day 4
  • Chapter 11: Contrail Service Chains
    • Service Chain Modes and Versions
    • In-Network Service Chains
    • Transparent Service Chains
    • Lab 7: Creating Contrail Service Chains
  • Chapter 12: Advanced Service Chaining
    • Source NAT Service Chain
    • Service chain With Docker Containers
    • Service Chains That Include Physical Routers
    • Troubleshooting Service Chains
    • Lab 8: Troubleshooting Contrail Service Chains
Day 5
  • Chapter 13: Contrail Monitoring and Analytics
    • Analytics Review
    • Using Analytics to Monitor and Troubleshoot the System
    • Debugging processes using the Contrail Introspect
    • Configuring Contrail Analytics
    • Lab 9: Using Contrail Analytics
  • Chapter 14: Analyzing Network State and Traffic Flows
    • Contrail Analytics API
    • Contrail Alerts
    • Analyzing Live Traffic
    • Underlay Overlay Mapping in Contrail
    • Lab 10: Analyzing Traffic Flows with Contrail Analytics
    • Appendix A: Contrail Installation Walk-Through
    • Installation using Fab Scripts
    • Installation using Server Manager Lite
    • Lab 11: Installing Contrail

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