Network Automation in the WAN (NA-WAN)


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 experience—the Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) course or equivalent;

Advanced MPLS knowledge—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.

Day 1

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

Initial Setup

Lab 1: Initial Setup

Chapter 4: Topology Discovery

Topology Discovery Overview

IGP Topology Discovery

BGP-LS Topology Discovery

Lab 2: Topology Discovery

Day 2

Chapter 5: Using the NorthStar Controller

Operator User Interface Overview

User Options

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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

Diversity Groups

Junos MPLS LSP Templates

LSP Calendaring

Inter-AS LSPs

Provisioning Multiple LSPs

LSP Optimization

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

Day 3

Chapter 9: P2MP LSPs

P2MP LSP Overview

NorthStar P2MP Configuration and Management

Chapter 10: Maintenance Scheduling and NETCONF Provisioning

Maintenance Scheduling

NETCONF Provisioning

Modifying Network Models

Lab 7: Scheduling Maintenance and NETCONF Provisioning

Chapter 11: Data Collection and Analytics

Telemetry Architecture

JTI Router Configuration

LSP Routing Behavior

Lab 8: Data Collection and Analytics

Chapter 12: NorthStar Controller Troubleshooting

Process 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

Day 4

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

Failure Simulation

Lab 12: Demand Placement and Failure Simulation

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