Free Juniper Certification Exams

Free Juniper Exams, Limited Time Only

Promotion Period: 1st July 2017 to 30th September 2017
Promotion Criteria: Attend a Junos Security (JSEC) and / or Advanced Junos Security (AJSEC) class with Crystal Echo during the promotion period.
Promotion Details: One FREE PearsonVUE certification exam voucher will be provided corresponding to either the Security, Specialist (JNCIS-SEC) or Security, Professional (JNCIP-SEC) certifications based on the actual class attended.

For course outlines and class schedules please refer to the links below:

What does Juniper Networks do?

What is Juniper Networks

Although you may not have heard of Juniper Networks, the chances are every time you surf the web, send an email or download a new episode on NetFlix, your traffic skips in and out of a Juniper Router. It doesn’t matter if you reside in Australia, New Zealand or somewhere throughout else the word, most people will come into contact with Juniper Networks.

Where did Juniper Networks originate?

Juniper Networks is a 20 + year old company that was formed to initially build fast hardware, silicon and software to meet the rapidly increasing needs of service providers trying to satisfy customer requirements for large bandwidths. The name Juniper Networks is still not a household name, however those who know the origins of the company know that its high capacity routers are adopted by the world’s largest service providers can confirm that the smallest of internet users (mums and dads) unfamiliar with the name have their Internet traffic being passed from Juniper to Juniper every day.

Juniper Networks customers in Australia, NZ and Worldwide

Today Juniper provide more than the large backbone routers that originally saw them being number 1 in the Service Provider space. Acquisitions along with development of smaller Enterprise market devices in the form of routers, switches and security firewalls have obtained rapid market share with high performing, intelligent devices that support world leading banks, government, medical and educational networks to mention a few. The real benefit to customers is the stable and versatile software called Junos, which controls the hardware, has a history of being built to support the pressing demands of Service Providers. This means: the years spent on R&D developing a stable and scalable operating system becomes available to Small to Medium and Enterprise networks at very competitive pricing.

Enter Crystal Echo Australia and NZ

Crystal Echo was one of the world’s first Juniper Networks Authorised Education Centres (JNAEC) established in 2004. Invited by Juniper become a Juniper Networks Authorized Education Partner (JNAEP) delivering both introduction and advanced Juniper Routing training to the Australia and New Zealand market. Additional requests from countries in the APAC region required frequent travel to deliver certification and customised service provider training.

Like Juniper, Crystal Echo are winners

Each year, Crystal Echo has been awarded for our performance and commitment to the delivery of Juniper training receiving the Platinum award for the number of students trained whilst maintaining extremely high levels of course satisfaction. With our well rounded knowledge and experience around Junos we were appointed a Professional Services Partner allowing us to work with Juniper to fulfil the technical requirements of large Juniper customers providing design, implementation and configuration services to ensure best practice deployment.

Certification Exam Promotional Offer

Attend any public Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) class and Crystal Echo will provide you with a FREE exam voucher with the option to sit the exam on the last day (day 3) of the class.  This offer commences in July 2017 and ends when all the vouchers are gone, please mention this offer when registering to lock away your Pearson VUE exam voucher worth USD$200.

Note that the Junos Security (JSEC) and the Advanced Junos Security (AJSEC) courses have a separate promotion which applies for those who book and pay for either of these courses between 1st July 2017 – 30th September 2017.

If you’re looking to sit ANY WRITTEN EXAM and need a discounted Pearson VUE exam voucher, drop us an email ([email protected]) and we’ll see what we can do to help.

One Week of Training – a Huge Impact on an Engineer’s Productivity

It’s not easy getting the time to focus and prioritise your Learning and Development at a time and place that suits you.  However, it’s also well understood the benefits realised by training can certainly pay dividends in the long term as project installation is quicker, best practice configurations are deployed on hardware and the isolation and troubleshooting of issues is fast which translates to less network downtime, increased productivity and massive costs savings to the owners of the network.

To help you gain a better feel for where the real benefits are that could also apply to your environment here are some statistics pulled form IDC White Paper, sponsored by Juniper Networks called “Impact of Juniper Training and Certification on Network Management Activities”, Doc #246270, January 2014.

Yes, it is a few years old however the exact percentage may not be the same however you can be sure the impact that training across your engineering teams will have a positive effect.

  • Networked resources available/reachable when needed 18% more often
  • “Up-time” of critical routers and switches 16% higher
  • Changes to network architecture consistent with organizational policy 15% more often
  • Router and switch installations correctly implemented the first time 13% more often
  • Router and switch installations completed in accordance with project plan 13% more often
  • Changes to network architecture fully documented 11% more often

So where to from here?

Crystal Echo is experienced at delivering Authorised customised training that closely aligns to your projects.  If you are looking for concentrated skills transfer on just the topics relating to your specific deployment then we can save you time and money on your training.  Additionally, if you are looking to attain a Juniper Networks certification then we can also fast track you down this path as well.  Finally, if you are short on time we can dispatch one of our highly trained and experienced engineers to help kick start your project, advise you on best practice architecture / deployment strategies and train you along the way, as your network is rolled out.

Contact us with your requirements and we’d be happy to build a solution that meets these and it can be cheaper than you think!

Juniper Exams Practice Questions with Juniper’s Junos Genius

You’ve been asked to obtain a certification that falls into the following JNCIA (Associate), JNCIS (Specialist), JNCIP (Professional) or JNCIE (Export) level and aren’t 100% sure where to start on this question for Juniper Certification?

It’s not easy and we completely understand.  The pool of courses available from Juniper with all courses represented as acronyms it can be a daunting task.  If you are new to Juniper certification exams and have years of experience, you will still need to jump through all the hoops starting with JNCIA-Junos which is common for all streams.  You can still sit and pass higher level exams such as JNCIS and JNCIP however for these to be valid you need to pass the JNCIA-Junos base level exam first.  Finally, to book for your JNCIE hands-on exams you must have your JNCIP level certification first.

Juniper provide a range of certifications that focus on difference streams.  Some are available up to Expert JNCIE level and others only up to JNCIP level.  The specific certification stream is indicated at the end of the certification for example JNCIS-ENT is an “Enterprise” “Specialist” level certification that requires JNCIA-Junos as its prerequisite.  Examples of the streams for JNCIS, JNCIP and JNCIE are;

Juniper Networks Certified Associate

  • JNCIA-Junos (Junos)
  • JNCDA (Design)

Juniper Networks Certified Specialist

  • JNCIS-ENT (Enterprise Routing & Switching)
  • JNCIS-SEC (Security)
  • JNCIS-SP (Service Provider)
  • JNCDS-DC (Data Centre)
  • JNCDS-WAN (WAN)
  • JNCDS-SEC (Security)

Juniper Networks Certified Professional

  • JNCIP-ENT (Enterprise Routing & Switching)
  • JNCIP-SEC (Security)
  • JNCIP-SP (Service Provider)
  • JNCIP-DC (Data Centre)

Juniper Networks Certified Expert

  • JNCIE-ENT (Enterprise Routing & Switching)
  • JNCIE-SEC (Security)
  • JNCIE-SP (Service Provider)
  • JNCIE-DC (Data Centre)

The newest certifications added in 2017 from the above list are

  • JNCIP-DC and JNCIE-DC (Data Center)
  • JNCIS-SDNA and JNCIP-SDNA (SDN and Automation)

To learn more about the requirements for your certification and to view a graphic representation, please contact us and we can provide you with a detailed PDF making it easy for you and your management to reference.

Junos Genius

To assist you with practice exams for your chosen certification, download the Junos Genius application to your portable device from the relevant Application Store to access the following;

  • Practice in Study Mode—prepare for JNCIA-Junos, JNCIS-SP, JNCIE-ENT, and JNCIS-SEC with hundreds of multiple choice exam questions and answer explanations, many with CLI snapshots
  • Simulate exams in Time Challenge Mode

www.juniper.net/junosgenius

NetScreen SSG to Juniper SRX Firewall Configuration Conversion and Policy Translation

As a Juniper PPS (Partner Professional Services) Partner we have assisted many customers moving away from NetScreen SSG Firewalls to Juniper SRX Next Generation Firewalls.

Some tools can be used during the conversion of address books and policies, however significant work is required test and verify the translated configuration.  Optimisation of group elements is key along with interface, routing, IPSec and NAT configurations are built from the ground up.

Most who understand the workings of an SSG and SRX can appreciate of the steps required and how every configuration conversion will be different.  Testing is vital before placing the new firewall into production which can take some time to setup to mirror the production environment.

Here’s a sample of our process where typically 2 engineers would complete in order to speed the time of cut over, minimising the configuration freeze period in addition to providing that ultimate second set of eyes.  Without divulging every minute detail on our list of items to address, here’s a summary of how we’d approach your SSG to SRX conversion.

  • Review and audit current configuration elements; interfaces, routes, NAT, IPSec, Policies, ALGs enabled / disabled, High Availability failover etc.…
  • Present identified redundant configurations to be left for the cut over / removed or removed after the cut over?
  • Setup our own lab for extensive simulation and testing of NAT rules and Policy using the same targeted version of Junos.
  • Combine multiple virtual routers into 1 (taking the old trust-vr and untrust-vr and collapsing these into one)
  • IPSec preshared keys sourced for re-entry
  • Verify the list of special characters to search for in address books, names, policies etc.
  • Check all interfaces and subnet masks post translation
  • Check all source NAT defaults on SSG and ensure these are configured on the SRX and lab tested as POC
  • Rerun the support script
  • Post installation, Change username & password credentials
  • Remove any SSH access created on your Juniper SRX for deployment troubleshooting
  • Produce a final report of observations and suggestions about policies for best practice operation of your new SRX firewall

Let us help you with your next translation.

The Launch of Juniper OpenLab

Juniper’s OpenLab is a collection of networking assets and programs that combined on a platform serves as a global resource for innovators who want to build network-integrated software applications and solutions. Any of Juniper’s customers, partners, educators, students, and start-ups can use OpenLab to develop, test, demonstrate automation and develop new solutions that harness network intelligence and automation capabilities with no infrastructure costs and time to setup a lab environment.

OpenLab offers cloud-based access to Juniper automation platforms and solutions and now has seven centres around the world whereby customers can gain access to the educational programs offered.

OpenLab offers many pre-configured demonstrations that are designed to highlight the breadth and depth of our automation platforms and embedded features/functionality. These demonstrations are hosted and scheduled within Juniper Cloud Labs (JCL) or hosted directly within the OpenLab infrastructure and can be scheduled via JCL and/or the primary Demo SME. Since OpenLab serves primarily as an incubation resource, all proven-in and stable demonstrations targeted for a scalable delivery by our field technical teams (COE and SE) will be migrated to JCL over time.

Some of the more prominent, global automation-related demonstrations that highlight Juniper product and solutions functionality include:

  • Cloud CPE Solution (CSO, NFX)
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • UC/Voice Services Scaling (Sonus Networks vSBC/Contrail)

Juniper OpenLab Educational Program

OpenLab offers various educational offerings that are aimed at facilitating a much-needed skills transformation in the industry such that Juniper customers and partners can take full advantage of new disruptive technologies such as SDN, virtualisation and automation.

Hands-on Technology Sessions at one of the OpenLab approved locations are designed to introduce external audiences to SDN and automation technologies as well as the Juniper platforms.  Most sessions utilise hands-on access to Juniper products for exploring system functionality, interfaces, and use cases.  External audiences are provided with access to an OpenLab sandbox environment for the hands-on exercises and may typically keep the access for a limited period after the formal session has completed. While most sessions are delivered at one of the OpenLab sites, web-based sessions are also made available. The current set of automation sessions includes Contrail, Building Blocks of Junos Automation, and NorthStar, although we will be expanding the offerings over time.

Today’s OpenLab locations are;

  1. OpenLab New Jersey (Founding Location – Bridgewater)
  2. OpenLab Silicon Valley
  3. OpenLab Amsterdam
  4. OpenLab London
  5. OpenLab Tokyo
  6. OpenLab Singapore
  7. OpenLab Sydney

Customer Automation Throwdowns

The Customer Automation Throwdown is a “hands-on” Junos Automation Program that spans preparatory training and a live on-site workshop with the use case focussing on your Network Operations.  The program is aimed at sparking near-term action on the part of the customer to build scripts/programs leveraging available Juniper functionality. The on-site workshop is conducted within ~3 working days for a manageable number of qualified customer employees (25 to 30) who work in small teams to build scripts/programs against relevant customer automation use cases. Orange was the first receiver of a throwdown in November/December 2016.

2017 Telstra Throwdown – CRN Article

SDN Essentials Asia Pacific (Crystal Echo Joint Venture) delivered prerequisite training to Telstra Throwdown engineers over a 6-day program that covered a selection of technologies that were likely to appear in the Telstra Throwdown event

The goal of the prerequisite training was to bring everyone up to the same level of skill which was covered in 3 learning modules;

  1. Junos Fundamentals
    • JUNOS Software Fundamentals, JUNOS CLI, L2 Bridging with RSTP, L3 Routing Protocols, BGP Policy Options, Basic Firewall Filters, Securing the Routing Engine, MPLS
  2. Software Skills
    • Python Introduction, Python and Network Device Communication, Python Data Structures, Comparisons, Loops, Functions, Program Structure, Object-oriented programming, File storage
  3. Automation APIs
    • Automation Overview, Python Programming Review, PyEZ Overview, Configuration Management Tools, Automation Overview Review, PyEZ Deep Dive, Templating, Data Serialization, and Ansible Overview

The below CRN article covers the launch of Juniper’s Sydney OpenLab by Chief Executive Rami Rahim after the recent Telstra Innovation Throwdown event held in Melbourne.  It further details Juniper’s involvement at university level through its Academic Alliance Program with partners Melbourne RMIT and Sydney UTS and the current graduate program.

Crystal Echo has delivered both Academic Alliance programs at the universities in 2015 and 2016, training over 200 students combined.  The 3-day program enables students to complete lectures, work through lab activities and sit the Juniper Associate certification JNCIA-Junos.

By delivery of Juniper’s Academic Alliance program in Australia and delivery of the prerequisite training for Telstra’s recent Throwdown around Juniper, Crystal Echo continues to grow its capability and experienced customer base.

Juniper Security Certification Track Exam Promotion July – September 2017

From July 1 and September 30, 2017, Crystal Echo will facilitate a FREE Pearson Vue exam voucher for the Security Specialist (JNCIS-SEC) and Security Professional (JNCIP-SEC) exams for students who complete the Junos Security (JSEC) or Advanced Junos Security (AJSEC) course. This promotion applies to instructor led training (ILT) and instructor led online (ILO) deliveries.  The primary intent of the promotion is to bring added awareness to the redesigned Security curriculum and certification exams for JNCIS-SEC and JNCIP-SEC.

The value of Juniper exams for JNCIA-Junos, JNCIS-SEC and JNCIP-SEC level exams are;

  • JNCIA: $200
  • JNCIS: $300
  • JNCIP: $400

Please remember that Juniper requires engineers to have JNCIA-Junos before your JNCIS-SEC and JNCIP-SEC (in that order) to hold valid certifications.  Even if you pass your JNCIS-SEC level certification you must have a valid JNCIA-Junos certification.

During this 3-month promotion, vouchers will be provided to the individuals who attend JSEC and AJSEC training only and are limited to 1 per student per course.

All vouchers provided through this promotion will expire on December 31, 2017 and vouchers may be used to take only the corresponding exam for each course (for example, JSEC students only can use their voucher for the JNCIS-SEC exam.

So, plan to attend your Junos Security – “JSEC” or Advanced Junos Security “AJSEC” in the next couple of months.

If you’re interested in learning more about the direction and content of the JSEC and AJSEC 5-day courses see this blog entry;

[links to JSEC and AJSEC changes blog entry]

​​​​​Course Outlines and Scheduled dates for Australia and New Zealand are found on the below Crystal Echo site

JSEC

https://www.crystalecho.com/en-au/training/courses/juniper/srx-security/course/jsec/junos-security

AJSEC

https://www.crystalecho.com/en-au/training/courses/juniper/srx-security/course/ajsec/advanced-junos-security

At Crystal Echo, almost half the Juniper training we deliver is customised.  With this approach we are able to tailor modules that are delivered to suit the features you are deploying in the network, your timeframe and budget.  We can also assist you in quickly coming up to speed with the Junos Operating system that may not require the full duration of something like the IJOS – Introduction to the Junos Operating System that requires 3 days of classroom participation.

To summarise for the JSEC and AJSEC course changes, see below the official advisory from Juniper.

*Beginning June 16, 2017, an updated 5-day version of Junos Security (JSEC) will replace the 3-day version. **Beginning June 30, 2017, an updated 5-day version of Advanced Junos Security (AJSEC) will replace the 3-day version. The new version will include content from the AJSEC course, Junos Intrusion Prevention Systems (JIPS) course, and Junos Unified Threat Management (JUTM) course. After June 30, 2017, the 3-day AJSEC, JIPS, and JUTM courses will not be offered. Information current as of April 2017. Course and exam information (length, availability, content, etc.) is subject to change; refer to www.juniper.net/training for the most current information.