This four-day course is designed to introduce various Juniper NorthStar Controller and NorthStar Planner features including, but not limited to, topology discovery, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) label switched path (LSP) management, LSP optimization, LSP calendaring, maintenance scheduling, segment routing, troubleshooting, REST API, P2MP LSPs, failure simulation, reporting, network modeling, path demand placement, and hardware inventory. Students will learn to configure and monitor these features that exist on Juniper’s NorthStar Controller and NorthStar Planner platforms with the help of a network built using vMX Series devices. Through demonstrations and hands-on labs, students will gain experience configuring, monitoring, and analyzing the above features of the NorthStar Controller and Planner. This course is based on NorthStar Release 4.0.
This course benefits individuals responsible for managing MPLS networks that want to add automation using the NorthStar Controller and NorthStar Planner, including individuals in professional services, sales and support organizations, and the end users.
The prerequisites for this course are as follows:
Understanding of the OSI model;
Junos OS configuration experienceâ€”the Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) course or equivalent;
Advanced MPLS knowledgeâ€”the Junos MPLS Fundamentals (JMF) course or equivalent.
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
Describe the various WAN domains.
Describe the use cases for NorthStar.
Describe the use cases for WANDL IP/MPLSView.
Describe the usage of PCEP.
Describe RSVP signaling using the CSPF algorithm.
Describe the NorthStar VMs and their processes.
Describe the post installation setup process.
Describe the behavior of topology discovery.
Describe the configuration of IGP topology discovery.
Describe the configuration of BGP-LS topology discovery.
Describe how to access the NorthStar Controller Operator and Planner user interfaces.
Describe the basic features of the NorthStar Controller Operator user interface.
Describe the various LSP types.
Configure PCC controlled LSPs.
Configure PCE delegated LSPs.
Configure PCE initiated LSPs.
Monitor LSPs from the NorthStar Operator user interface.
Describe primary, secondary, and standby LSPs.
Describe symmetric pairs of LSPs.
Describe diversity groups.
Describe using Junos MPLS LSP templates.
Describe LSP calendaring.
Describe Inter-AS LSPs.
Describe how to provision multiple LSPs.
Describe LSP optimization.
Explain the features, capabilities, and benefits of IP/MPLSView and how they work to optimize WAN design.
Access IP/MPLSView and navigate and customize the IP/MPLSView administrative interface.
Explain different methods of creating a network model.
Manage different files that make up a network model and understand how these files are organized.
Modify a network model by performing tasks such as adding links, nodes, and sites and save these changes to a modeled network.
Optimize network demand paths, design diverse paths, and perform what-if scenarios to see how demands are routed.
Simulate link and node failures and view the effects of these failures on demand routing across the WAN.
Analyze and manage network information using the Report Manager interface.
Perform hardware inventory using the IP/MPLSView interface.
Chapter 1: Course Introduction
Chapter 2: WAN Automation
The WAN Network
Juniper Network WAN Automation Overview
Chapter 3: NorthStar Controller Architecture
PCE Communication Protocol
LSP Signaling and the CSPF Algorithm
NorthStar Virtual Machines
Lab 1: Initial Setup
Chapter 4: Topology Discovery
Topology Discovery Overview
IGP Topology Discovery
BGP-LS Topology Discovery
Lab 2: Topology Discovery
Chapter 5: Using the NorthStar Controller
Operator User Interface Overview
Planner User Interface Overview
Lab 3: Using the NorthStar Controller
Chapter 6: Basic LSP Management
LSP Control Review
Configuring PCC Controlled LSPs
Configuring PCE Delegated LSPs
Configuring PCE Initiated LSPs
Verifying LSP Status
Lab 4: Basic LSP Management
Chapter 7: Advanced LSP Management
Secondary and Standby LSPs
Symmetric Pairs of LSPs
Junos MPLS LSP Templates
Provisioning Multiple LSPs
Lab 5: Advanced LSP Management
Chapter 8: Segment Routing
Segment Routing Overview
Configuring a PCC to Support SR
Managing SR LSPs
Lab 6: Segment Routing
Chapter 9: P2MP LSPs
P2MP LSP Overview
NorthStar P2MP Configuration and Management
Chapter 10: Maintenance Scheduling and NETCONF Provisioning
Modifying Network Models
Lab 7: Scheduling Maintenance and NETCONF Provisioning
Chapter 11: Data Collection and Analytics
JTI Router Configuration
LSP Routing Behavior
Lab 8: Data Collection and Analytics
Chapter 12: NorthStar Controller Troubleshooting
Log File Analysis
Network Topology Troubleshooting
Lab 9: NorthStar Controller Troubleshooting
Chapter 13: REST API
NorthStar Controller REST API Concepts
REST API Examples
Network Topology Troubleshooting
Chapter 14: NorthStar Planner
Launching NorthStar Planner
NorthStar Planner Interface
Lab 10: NorthStar Planner Interface
Chapter 15: NorthStar Planner Path Analysis and Design
Optimize LSP Routing
Diverse LSP Design
Adding Network Demands, Links, Nodes
Lab 11: NorthStar Planner Path Analysis and Design
Chapter 16: Network Demand Placement and Outage Simulation
Network Demand Placement
Lab 12: Demand Placement and Failure Simulation