Monthly Archives: December 2016

Juniper New SDN and Automation Track

Juniper updated their Certification Program with a new Track, SDN and Automation. A Specialist exam (JN0-410) is only available for now,  JNCIA is a pre-requirement, but the Professional level should be expected next year (2017). This exam covers SDN foundations, NFV, Contrail and OpenStack Platforms.

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This list provides a general view of the skill set required to successfully complete the specified certification exam. Topics listed are subject to change.

  • SDN Theory and Applications
  • OpenStack
  • Contrail
  • Contrail Service Chaining
  • Contrail Analytics
  • Troubleshooting

SDN Theory and Applications

  • Identify SDN concepts.
    • SDN definitions
    • SDN versus NFV
    • SDN applications (data center, enterprise, WAN, transport networks)

OpenStack

  • Identify OpenStack concepts.
    • Components (Nova, Neutron, and so on)
    • VM creation
    • Tenancy
    • Network policies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing OpenStack.
    • VM creation
    • Snapshots

Contrail

  • Identify Contrail architectural concepts.
    • Controller versus orchestration
    • Node types
    • vRouters
    • Layer 2 versus Layer 3 overlay networks
    • Contrail API
    • Storage
    • Route distribution, protocols
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail.
    • Traffic path verification
    • Configuration process, dependencies
    • Analytic node configuration

Contrail Service Chaining

  • Identify Contrail service chaining concepts.
    • In-network service chain
    • Transparent service chain
    • Source NAT
    • Heat templates
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail service chaining.
    • Analyzer service virtual machine
    • Third-party services
    • Traffic path verification

Contrail Analytics

  • Identify Contrail analytics concepts.
    • Infrastructure workspace
    • Networking workspace
    • Traffic analysis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail analytics.
    • Underlay and overlay monitoring
    • Event monitoring
    • Traffic monitoring

Troubleshooting

  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting Contrail.
    • Route availability in the controller
    • Virtual router programming
    • Contrail CLI commands
    • Fabric scripts
    • Contrail Introspect
    • vRouter commands
    • Top of rack service node (TSN)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting OpenStack.
    • Log monitoring
    • Privilege, authentication
    • Component interaction

References:

Juniper Networks Certified Specialist SDN and Automation (JNCIS-SDNA)

New Year Resolutions for 2017

This is the right time on the year where we need to think what we want to do and define our goals to upcoming year, i consider this an important step to make you focus in your career and step away from the darkness (dead times). Comparing what i achieved this year it’s embarassing but i’m looking for a great 2017. This year i have to renew some of my Certs (2 years gone…) like Juniper and Checkpoint. This year i’m expecting to enhance my knowledge about Azure/AWS Platforms, Web Application Firewall, CyberSecurity, DNS RPZ , DDoS, SSL Decryption and maybe others a long run. Network Design and Automation stil my priority, but maybe my employer will challenge me next year, so i will add it later to my list :)

Likely maybe i will do some exams:

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV)

Cisco CCIE Service Provider Written+Lab(?)

Cisco CCDE Written+Lab(?)

JNCIE-ENT

JNCIP-SP

JNCIS-SEC

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE)

F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

F5 Certified Technology Specialists ASM

Beta versions?

Books

There are some books i’m still reading:

Art of Network Architecture, The: Business-Driven Design

MPLS Fundamentals – Cisco Press

CCDE Study Guide – Cisco Press

Lets the journey begins!

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Boost your Azure Cloud Skills

Microsoft launched Azure courses on Open Edx, EdX offers free online courses and classes. Find the latest MOOC from the world’s best universities including MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, UT and others here

Each course has several modules, where you have a review questions  at the end and a final grade exam.

Courses Available

  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks
  • Microsoft Azure Identity
  • Microsoft Azure Storage
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts
  • Automating Azure Workloads
  • Managing Azure Workloads
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

You can find these courses here

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Cisco DNA Learning Track

On this new track you can learn about about the building blocks of the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), including an introduction to REST APIs, how to code in Python, and how to use programmability in the context of controllers and device-level interface. You have 10 module and 32 learning Labs, free, free, free!

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Labs Available

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References:

DevNet Express for DNA

Renew your Expired Juniper Certification until March 2017

The JNCP is offering a recertification grace period to candidates whose certifications expired in 2016. Expired certifications may be renewed between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 by taking the same or higher level exam or using the Continuing Education option. This means candidates with Specialist through Expert-level certifications that have expired do not have to start at the JNCIA-level.

To renew an expired certification, candidates must pass the appropriate exam or attend an appropriate course by March 31, 2017. See the Recent News section of the Certification Website for instructions on how to take advantage of this offer