Network Automation Using Contrail Cloud (NACC)

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​This two-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 and APIs 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 2.21..

Intended Audience

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

At Completion

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define basic SDN principles and functionality.
  • Define basic OpenStack principles and functionality.
  • Define basic Contrail principles and how they relate to OpenStack.
  • List and define the components that make up the Contrail solution.
  • Explain where Contrail fits into NFV and SDN.
  • Describe the functionality of the Contrail control and data planes.
  • Describe Nova Docker support in Contrail.
  • Describe extending Contrail cluster with physical routers.
  • Understand support for TOR switches and OVSDB.
  • Gain an understanding of the OpenStack and Contrail WebUIs.
  • Create a tenant project.
  • Create and manage virtual networks.
  • Create and manage policies.
  • Create and assign floating IP addresses.
  • Add an image and launch an instance from it.
  • Describe how a tenant is created internally.
  • Use Contrail's API to configure OpenStack and Contrail.
  • Describe service chaining within Contrail.
  • Set up a service chain.
  • Explain the use of Heat Templates with Contrail.
  • Manipulate the WebUI monitoring section.
  • Extract key information regarding the Contrail infrastructure.
  • Extract key information regarding traffic flows and packet analysis.
  • Create various types of filters and queries to generate data.
  • Understand Ceilometer support in a Contrail Cloud.
  • Perform TTL Configuration for Analytics Data.
  • Use various troubleshooting tools for debugging Contrail.


  • 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) and Juniper SDN Fundamentals (JSDNF) courses prior to attending this class.

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Course Outline

Day 1

Chapter 1: Course Introduction

Chapter 2: Contrail Overview

  • SDN Overview
  • Contrail Overview

Chapter 3: Architecture and Installation

  • Contrail Components and Building Blocks
  • Contrail Stack
  • Deployment Options

Chapter 4: Basic Configuration

  • Tenant Creation Walkthrough
  • Creating and Managing Projects
  • Creating and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Image Management in OpenStack
  • Implementing Floating IPs
  • Configuring with API scripting
  • Lab: Basic Tenant Implementation and Management

Day 2

Chapter 5: Service Chaining

  • Service Chaining Overview
  • In-Network Service Chain and Configuration
  • Transparent Service Chain and Configuration
  • Lab: Service Chains

Chapter 6: Contrail Analytics

  • Monitor > Infrastructure Workspace
  • Monitor > Networking Workspace
  • Analyzing Live Traffic
  • Flow Queries and Logs

Chapter 7: Troubleshooting

  • Contrail CLI Commands
  • Fabric Utility Scripts
  • OpenStack CLI Usage
  • Lab: Performing Analysis and Troubleshooting in Contrail



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