Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra

  • Duration: 5 Days (40 Hours)
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Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra Training Course Overview

This intensive five-day course offers participants foundational knowledge to proficiently manage data center networks using Juniper Apstra software. Covering modern data center design and intent-based networking, the curriculum includes Juniper Apstra architecture exploration, three-stage IP fabric deployment with VXLAN overlay, and UI navigation for blueprint instantiation. Operational tools covered include troubleshooting, role-based access control, node management, and intent-based analytics. Based on Juniper Apstra Release 4.0.1, this course ensures hands-on experience with the latest software versions for effective learning and application.

Intended Audience For Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra Training

  • Network Engineers and Architects
  • Data Center Administrators
  • IT Managers
  • System Integrators
  • Network Operations Staff
  • Data Center Professionals
  • Those Involved in Data Center Design and Automation
  • IT Professionals Transitioning to Data Center Automation Roles
  • Cloud Architects
  • Infrastructure Automation Engineers

Learning objectives for the Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra training course

  • Describe what is meant by intent-based networking.
  • Describe the Juniper Apstra architecture.
  • Navigate the global Juniper Apstra UI.
  • Configure role-based access control.
  • Describe an IP fabric architecture.
  • Explain VXLAN functions and operations.
  • Describe Ethernet VPN (EVPN) routing and bridging.
  • Describe the Juniper Apstra data center reference design.
  • Describe IP fabric usage in the data center reference design.
  • Describe host connectivity in the data center reference design.
  • Describe the life cycle of the management of devices using Juniper Apstra.
  • Create and use system agents to manage devices.
  • Configure resources.
  • Configure tags.
  • Describe basic device abstractions used by Apstra.
  • Describe logical devices.
  • Describe device profiles.
  • Describe interface maps.
  • Configure a rack type.
  • Configure templates.
  • Build and deploy a blueprint.
  • Navigate the blueprint UI.
  • Perform basic fabric device operations and troubleshooting.
  • Configure and apply property sets and configlets.
  • Configure connectivity templates.
  • Describe the multitenancy capabilities of Juniper Apstra.
  • Describe the purpose of root cause identification.
  • Create and manage security policies.
  • Describe the security policy functionality and terminology.
  • Describe the security policy workflow.
  • Describe the security policy conflict resolution.
  • Describe management of security policies.
  • Create a device profile.
  • Create a logical device.
  • Create an interface map.
  • Add a spine and a rack to an existing blueprint.
  • Add a generic system to an existing blueprint.
  • Use the Graph Explorer to traverse the graph datastore.
  • Describe the function of an IBA probe.
  • Create an IBA probe.
  • Configure logging to a remote syslog server.
  • Describe how Apstra integrates with vCenter.
  • Describe how Apstra can enable a DCI.

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Benefits of taking the Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra training

  • In-Depth Understanding of Data Center Automation: Gain a comprehensive understanding of data center automation principles and practices using Juniper Apstra software. Learn how to streamline and optimize data center operations through automation.
  • Operational Mastery with Juniper Apstra: Acquire hands-on experience and mastery in operating and managing Juniper Apstra. Understand the key components, architecture, and functionalities of Juniper Apstra for effective data center automation.
  • Modern Data Center Design Concepts: Explore modern data center design principles and intent-based networking concepts. Stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in data center architecture.
  • Three-Stage IP Fabric with VXLAN Overlay: Learn to design, build, deploy, and automate a three-stage IP fabric with Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) overlay. Understand the intricacies of overlay networks and their role in modern data center architectures.
  • Juniper Apstra UI Navigation: Navigate the Juniper Apstra UI with confidence. Learn to create resources, designs, templates, and instantiate blueprints, gaining practical skills in using the Juniper Apstra graphical interface.
  • Operational Tools for Management: Understand the operational tools available for managing Juniper Apstra systems. Learn basic troubleshooting techniques, global and blueprint UI walkthroughs, role-based access control, and other essential management features.
  • Node Management and Fabric Scaling: Gain insights into adding and removing nodes from a fabric, scaling the fabric to meet growing demands, and ensuring the scalability and flexibility of your data center infrastructure.
  • Network Telemetry and Analytics: Learn to leverage network telemetry for informed decision-making. Explore the capabilities of intent-based analytics (IBA) to derive valuable insights from your data center network.
  • Closed-Loop Automation: Understand the concept of closed-loop automation and its significance in maintaining an efficient and self-healing data center network. Learn to automate tasks, reducing manual intervention and minimizing errors.
  • Time Voyager for Network Rollbacks: Explore Time Voyager, a feature for rolling back an entire network to a previous state. Understand the importance of network versioning and rollback capabilities for maintaining network stability.
  • Connectivity Templates and Security Policies: Learn to configure connectivity templates and security policies within Juniper Apstra. Understand the role of templates in ensuring consistent configurations and policies across the data center fabric.
  • Hardware Inventory and Graph Database: Acquire skills in collecting hardware inventory, querying the graph database, and retrieving critical information about the data center infrastructure.
  • Intent-Based Networking Principles: Understand the core principles of intent-based networking (IBN) and how Juniper Apstra applies these principles to automate network configuration based on desired outcomes.
  • Real-World Deployment Scenarios: Engage in practical exercises and real-world deployment scenarios. Apply your knowledge to configure, automate, and optimize data center networks using Juniper Apstra.
  • Certification and Career Advancement: Obtain a certification in Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra, demonstrating your expertise in this advanced networking technology. Enhance your career prospects in the field of data center networking and automation.

Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra Training Course Modules

Module 1 : Course Introduction

Module 2: Intent-Based Networking

  • Defining intent.
  • Juniper Apstra’s position in the networking landscape.

Module 3: Juniper Apstra Overview

  • Components: Juniper Apstra server and device agents.

Module 4: Apstra UI Walkthrough

  • Navigating the global Apstra UI.
  • Lab 1: Apstra UI Walkthrough.

Module 5: Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

  • Configuring users, roles, and providers for local and remote authentication.
  • Lab 2: Configuring RBAC.

Module 6: IP Fabric Architecture

  • Options: collapsed (spineless), three-stage, and five-stage fabrics.
  • Routing strategies and best practices.

Module 7: VXLAN Overview

  • VPN terminology, broadcast domains, and control planes.
  • VXLAN fundamentals and hardware/software VTEPs.

Module 8: EVPN Protocol

  • Overview in a VXLAN environment.
  • Route targets, distinguishers, and route types.

Module 9: Data Center Reference Design

  • Using rack types and templates for network design.
  • Host connectivity options and life-cycle management.

Module 10: Device Management

  • Device profiles, off-box agents, on-box agents, and Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP).
  • Lab 3: Managing Devices.

Module 11: Resources

  • Creating IP, VNI, and ASN Pools.

Module 12: Tags

  • Creating Tags.
  • Lab 4: Configuring Resources and Tags.

Module 13: Logical Devices, Device Profiles, and Interface Maps

  • Describing and configuring logical devices, device profiles, and interface maps.
  • Lab 5: Logical Devices, Device Profiles, and Interface Maps.

Module 14: Design: Racks

  • Creating Custom Rack Types.

Module 15: Design: Templates

  • Creating Custom Templates.

Module 16: Build and Deploy: Blueprints

  • Building and deploying a blueprint.
  • Lab 6: Design, Build, and Deploy a Blueprint.

Module 17: Navigating the Blueprint UI

  • Understanding tabs and navigating layered views.
  • Using Time Voyager.

Module 18: Basic Blueprint Operation

  • Using the Active tab, querying the blueprint, and troubleshooting.
  • Making changes, reverting changes, and troubleshooting.

Module 19: Property Sets and Configlets

  • Configuring Property Sets and deploying Configlets.

Module 20: Connectivity Templates

  • Overview and examples of enabling BGP sessions.
  • Lab 8: Configuring Configlets, Connectivity Templates, and Virtual Networks.

Module 22: Root Cause Identification

  • Enabling RCI and configuring security policies.
  • Lab 9: Configuring Root Cause Identification and Security Policies.

Module 24: Creating Device Profiles

  • Creating custom device profiles.

Module 25: Creating Logical Devices

  • Creating custom logical devices.

Module 26: Creating Interface Maps

  • Creating custom interface maps.

Module 28: Post-Deployment

  • Adding a spine, a rack, and a generic system to an existing blueprint.
  • Lab 10: Working with Interface Maps, Racks, and Generic Systems.

Module 29: Graph Database

  • Using Graph Explorer to inspect and query the graph database.

Module 30: Intent-Based Analytics—Overview

  • Basics of an IBA probe.

Module 31: Create an IBA Probe

  • Creating predefined and new IBA probes.

Module 32: Syslog

  • Configuring and monitoring logging to a remote syslog server.

Module 33: VMware vCenter Integration

  • Integrating Apstra with vCenter.
  • Lab 11: Configuring IBA Probes, Syslog, and vCenter Integration.

Module 34: Data Center Interconnect

  • Describing L2 and L3 Data Center Interconnects.
  • Lab 12: Configuring DCI.

Data Center Automation using Juniper Apstra Training Course Prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of networking and data center designs
  • Understanding of Clos IP fabric
  • Understanding of routing protocol design, configuration, and performance
  • Knowledge of overlay and underlay routing designs
  • Basic knowledge of automation design and workflows
  • Knowledge of network device configuration via CLI
  • Knowledge of BGP — recommended but not required
  • Completion of the Introduction to Juniper Data Center Networking (IJDC) course or equivalent

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