Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC)

Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) 

This five-day course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to work with the Juniper Contrail Enterprise Multicloud (CEM) solution. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of how to use the Contrail Command user interface, Contrail Networking, Contrail’s fabric management and administration features, Contrail Security, and the analytics features of Contrail Insights. Students will also learn to use APIs and the CLI to perform the Contrail configuration tasks. Through demonstrations and hands-on labs, students will gain experience with the features of Contrail and Insights. This course is based on Contrail Release 2011.

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Course Level

Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) is an intermediate-level course.

Intended Audience

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


The prerequisites for this course are as follows:

  • Basic TCP/IP skills;
  • General understanding of data center virtualization;
  • Basic understanding of the Junos operating system;
  • Completion of the Juniper Cloud Fundamentals (JCF) course;
  • Recommended completion of the Data Center Fabric with EVPN and VXLAN (ADCX) course or equivalent knowledge; and
  • Recommended basic knowledge of object-oriented programming and Python scripting.


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

  • Explain the role of Contrail SDN Controller.
  • List available Contrail solutions.
  • Describe the purpose of an orchestrator.
  • Describe the basics of Kubernetes.
  • Describe the basics of VMware vCenter.
  • Identify the function of each of the main OpenStack Projects.
  • Describe the purpose of Contrail.
  • Explain how the versions of Contrail differ.
  • Discuss Contrail related solutions.
  • Describe the functions of the Contrail vRouter and Contrail Controller.
  • Explain the role of the control, configuration, and analytic nodes.
  • Understand how to monitor the Contrail cluster health.
  • Configure and deploy virtual DNS and IPAMs.
  • Create virtual networks.
  • Create network policies to control the flow of traffic.
  • Explain the routing behavior of an IP Fabric.
  • Describe the steps to onboard a Greenfield IP Fabric.
  • Describe the steps to onboard a Brownfield IP Fabric.
  • Describe the steps to add a device to an existing fabric.
  • Describe the various commands to troubleshoot the onboarding of an IP Fabric.
  • Explain the benefits of VXLAN in the data center.
  • Describe EVPN signaling for VXLAN.
  • Describe how CEM can bridge between a VM and a BMS.
  • Implement bridging between VMs and BMSs using VXLAN and EVPN signaling.
  • Describe EVPN signaling for VXLAN routing in the Spine.
  • Describe how to enable central routing using CEM.
  • Describe EVPN signaling for DCI.
  • Describe how to enable DCI using CEM.
  • Create physical gateways.
  • Connect to a third-party physical device.
  • Implement fabric administration operations.
  • Describe architecture and capabilities of Contrail Security.
  • Configure main Contrail Security Tags.
  • Configure Contrail Security Policies and Policy Sets.
  • Explain the benefits of Contrail Insights.
  • Explain the operation and use of Contrail Insights.
  • Explain the purpose and use of the different Insights features.
  • Configure Contrail Insights alarms and composite alarms.
  • Describe how to use the Contrail Insights dashboard to examine the state of the network.
  • Use Contrail Insights Charts to monitor Contrail and OpenStack workloads.
  • Explain the benefits of Contrail Insights capacity planning.
  • Explain how to use Contrail Insights heat maps.
  • Create Contrail Insights reports and service monitoring functionalities.
  • Create Contrail Insights alarms and Composite alarms.
  • Explain the purpose of JTI.
  • Discuss native JTI sensors.
  • Explain OpenConfig and gRPC sensors.
  • Configure native JTI and OpenConfig sensors to work with Contrail Insights.

Course Contents

Day 1

Module 1: Course Introduction

Module 2: Describe SDN and Contrail Basics

  • Describe the main principles of software-defined networks
  • List the features and advantages of Contrail
  • List Contrail family of products

Module 3: Describe Contrail Use Cases and Use Contrail Command

  • Describe Contrail Use Case
  • Demonstrate the Basic Functions of Contrail Command
  • Lab: Contrail Command Walk-Through

Module 4: Describe Orchestration Fundamentals

  • Describe the purpose of an orchestrator
  • Describe the basics of Kubernetes
  • Describe the basics of VMware vCenter

Module 5: Describe OpenStack Basics

  • Identify the function of the primary OpenStack Projects
  • Lab: Instantiating Virtual Workloads

Day 2

Module 6: Describe Contrail Architecture Fundamentals

  • Describe the functions of the Contrail vRouter
  • Describe the functions of the Contrail SDN Controller
  • Describe containerized Contrail modules

Module 7: Describe Contrail Communication Fundamentals

  • Describe Contrail Control Plane Communications
  • Describe Contrail Data Plane Communications

Module 8: Describe Basic Contrail Troubleshooting

  • Perform Basic Contrail Troubleshooting
  • Lab: Exploring and Troubleshooting the Contrail vRouter and SDN Controller

Module 9: Describe Contrail Configuration Basics

  • Explain Contrail Configuration Methods
  • Describe Configuring the Metadata Service
  • Describe Contrail Configuration API

Module 10: Configure Tenant Communications

  • Configure DNS and IPAM
  • Implement Virtual Networks
  • Implement Network Policies and Security Groups
  • Lab: Configuring Virtual Networks and Policies

Module 11: Describe an IP Fabric and Implement Greenfield Automation

  • Describe an IP Fabric
  • Describe a Greenfield Fabric Automated Creation
  • Lab: Greenfield Automation

Module 12: Implement IP Brownfield Automation and Fabric Modification

  • Describe a Brownfield Fabric Automated Creation
  • Describe How to Modify Existing Fabrics
  • Describe Troubleshooting a Fabric Automation
  • Lab: Modify a Greenfield Automation

Day 3

Module 13: Describe VXLAN

  • Describe VXLANs
  • Describe EVPN Signaling for BMS to BMS VXLAN Forwarding

Module 14: Describe VM to BMS Bridging

  • Describe Contrail VM to BMS Bridging
  • Implement a Server/Instance Example
  • Implement Virtual Port Groups
  • Lab: VM to BMS Bridging

Module 15: Implement VXLAN Central Routing

  • Describe EVPN Signaling for Central Routing
  • Configure a Central Routing Example
  • Lab: VXLAN Central Routing

Module 16: Implement VXLAN Edge Routing

  • Describe EVPN Signaling for Edge Routing
  • Configure an Edge Routing Example
  • Lab: VXLAN Edge Routing

Module 17: Implement a Data Center Interconnect

  • Describe Data Center Interconnect<
  • Describe DCI Options for a VXLAN Overlay Using Contrail Automation
  • Configure a DCI Example Using Contrail Automation
  • Lab: Data Center Interconnect

Day 4

Module 18: Describe Interacting With External Networks

  • Describe a DC Gateway Use Case
  • Implementing a DC Gateway
  • Describe Connecting to a Third-Party Device Use Case
  • Configure Connecting to a Third-Party Device
  • Lab: DC Gateway
  • Module 19: Implement Fabric Administration

    • Use Contrail Command Fabric Administration Functions
    • Path Finder
    • Telemetry Profile
    • Onboard Devices
    • View Fabric Configurations
    • Custom Actions
    • Lab: Fabric Administration

    Module 20: Implement Fabric Maintenance

    • Use Contrail Command Fabric Maintenance Functions
    • Remove Fabric device
    • Return Material Authorization
    • Maintenance Mode
    • Hitless Fabric Upgrade
    • Lab: Maintenance Mode and Fabric Device Upgrade

    Module 21: Describe Contrail Security

    • Describe the Need for Contrail Security
    • Configure Contrail Security
    • Lab: Contrail Security

    Day 5

    Module 22: Describe Contrail Insights

    • Describe Contrail Insights
    • Use Contrail Insights
    • Describe Contrail Insights API

    Module 23: Implement Contrail Insights Alarms

    • Implement Alarms
    • Implement Composite Alarms
    • Lab: Implementing Insights Features

    Module 24: Describe Junos Telemetry Interface

  • Describe JTI
  • Describe Native Sensors for JTI
  • Describe OpenConfig and gRPC Sensors for JTI
  • Lab: Implementing JTI with Insights
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    12/6/2021 9:00 AM CET Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) - ILO Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Instructor-led Online Juniper Networks English Closed
    1/24/2022 7:30 AM PST Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) - ILO Americas (AMER) Instructor-led Online Juniper Networks English Open
    2/14/2022 9:00 AM CET Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) - ILO Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Instructor-led Online Juniper Networks English Open
    2/21/2022 9:00 AM AEST Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) - ILO Asia Pacific (APAC) Instructor-led Online Juniper Networks English Open
    5/9/2022 9:00 AM CET Cloud Automation Using Contrail (CAC) - ILO Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Instructor-led Online Juniper Networks English Open