Industry Network Automation and Official Juniper Network Automation Training
We offer public schedule training, customised network automation training and consulting solutions, by our own Crystal Echo Engineers, or through partnerships with suppliers and specialists in given areas.
What is Network Automation?
Nowadays, everyone seems to have their own perception of what constitutes network automation. Notably, Techopedia defines network automation as the process of automating the configuration, management and operations of a computer network. It’s a broad term that includes a number of tools, technologies and methodologies used to automate network processes.
At Crystal Echo, however, we believe network automation can be best defined as clever processes designed to save time, make changes to improve productivity, and achieving more with less.
How is network automation implemented?
Network automation is implemented through the combination of hardware and software-based solutions that automatically execute and manage repetitive network environment processes.
Crystal Echo – Network automation training
Crystal Echo is proud to be Juniper Networks’ longest serving Juniper Networks Authorised Education Partner (JNAEP), worldwide. In addition, we are an ANZ-appointed Juniper Professional Services Specialist (PSS) Partner. In fact, we are one of the few Juniper Training Partners that Juniper Networks have authorised, outside of their own entity, to deliver their course: JAUT – Junos Platform Automation and DevOps.
Maybe you have earmarked 2018 as the year to introduce network automation to your organisation? Or, perhaps your goal is to enhance your network automation knowledge, skills or organisational capabilities? In these situations, please bookmark Crystal Echo’s divisional websites, itemised below.
In summary, here’s an overview of each website’s core focus:
Use this website to
Training course outlines, company overview
Remote labs available for hire, proof of concept and recertification practice
Juniper certification curriculum, Juniper certification paths, graphical representation, course prerequisites and discounted Pearson VUE exam vouchers.
Note: If you have a need to do something different in your network, require guidance, or would like to implement something of best practice, a quick email or call to see if we have experience with the given topic might save you considerable time.
Official Juniper Automation Training
Official training program:
Junos Platform Automation and DevOps
Junos Platform Automation and DevOps, is a 5-day, all-encompassing Juniper course that covers on-box automation within Junos. Furthermore, this course addresses modules covering industry open source DevOps tools, and how they interface with Juniper’s Junos to achieve business outcomes.
Note: This course will soon become part of an automation-based certification.
Click on our further information link:
Customised Juniper Solution-Based Automation Training
Crystal Echo understands that no two businesses are identical. Every organisation has its own unique specific goals and objectives. It is, therefore, not surprising that similar businesses operating in the identical industry, also have their own unique network automation needs. As such, if you require customised Juniper network automation training and solutions, simply contact Crystal Echo today.
To illustrate our custom automation solutions, in mid-2017, Crystal Echo worked with Juniper ANZ to deliver prerequisite training for a customised Throw down event, which was delivered to Telstra Melbourne. Due to the success of this customised automation training, more events are planned for 2018. The 2017 event took identified business issues within Telstra. They were then scoped and defined as problem statements, which were then work-shopped across a 5-day event using industry automation tools.
- The objective was to solve these problem statements with automation.
To ensure the success of this event, participants needed to become competent in Junos, Software Development and Automation Platforms. Crystal Echo addressed this in a limited but in-depth format over 7.5 days (3 x 2.5 days for each subject). Materials, which were appropriate to the customised training, were developed under a Joint Venture arrangement between Crystal Echo and SDN Essentials (US-based).
To learn more about these essential core competencies, click on the relevant links, below:
Juniper Automation with DevOps
Acquiring DevOps-like skills takes time and experience. Typically, learners with programming backgrounds are most suited to the task. Crystal Echo offers courses that offer varying depths of content and practical lab activities to gain DevOps skills. For example, we offer a specialised 5-day course on Python programming, Ansible or overall Network Automation.
Crystal Echo partners with Network to Code, to facilitate 5-day in-depth training programs. These training programs have the option to extend beyond the training event itself. This optional extra, alone, presents an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the instructor’s attendance. For example, many of our clients use this time for:
- Organisational consultancy, and
- Seeking expert advice on architecture, implementation and deployment of automation tools.
Note: From our perspective, teachings can be put straight into practice. This can, therefore, facilitate the achievement of immediate results.
To learn more about these Dev-Op related competencies, tap on the relevant links, below:
Juniper Vendor Platform Automation
Customised tools and platforms provided by vendors provide simple user interfaces that enable configuration and monitoring of vendor-specific functions, typically limited only to their own platforms without having to program or script specific tasks. This saves time, but the licensing of the platform comes at a cost.
Juniper provides a platform called Junos Space, which is a Network Element Management platform. Junos provides Juniper-specific tools enabling you to automate configuration, network management and reporting functions. These are turn key solutions. Juniper-specific templates and processes are already defined. These can provide a scalable means by which to manage large networks — with thousands of devices.
In simplistic terms, Junos performs the tasks of routing, switching and security in Branch, Enterprise and Service Provider networks. Licensing a Junos Space platform from Juniper can solve many network management issues for large Juniper deployments.
Learning to install, operate and maintain the Junos Space platform are addressed in the below Crystal Echo delivered courses:
Juniper Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Today’s necessity to build networks suitable for large Enterprise, Data Centres and Service Providers, has seen prolific growth of Software Defined Networking (SDN) Controllers. SDN has the ability to control network decisions from a single device with specialist software. They allow uniform changes to be quickly implemented end to end, across a network, leveraging an SDN Controller.
SDN strategy based on open source or a vendor-specific implementation can be costly and fraught with uncertainty. Our Juniper SDN training programs, and SDN consulting experience, covers concepts from many vendor and industry implementations. Juniper’s training opportunities in this space, include:
- Network Automation using Contrail Cloud
- Network Automation in the WAN
- Network Automation in the Data Centre
Software Defined Networking (SDN) by SDN Essentials
Leveraging our Joint Venture with SDN Essentials, we have training materials and instructors ready to deliver SDN training across multiple vendor solutions. Vendors include: Juniper, Big Switch, HP, NEC and Cisco.
- Introduction to SDN
- SDN Foundations
- SDN for Network Engineers
- SDN Overview
- OpenStack and SDN for SEs
SDN – Skills Transformation Program within Industry
Recently, a unique and innovative SDN Skills Transformation Program was designed for 40 new SDN networking engineers. The training program was delivered over a 30-day period and utilised a progressive assessment strategy. The end result was miraculous; furnishing Juniper Networks with a healthy injection of SDN engineers to work on confirmed projects.
If you’re wondering what this successful SDN course consisted of, here are the modules of learning that were delivered over a duration of 30 days:
- Intro to SDN
- Linux Admin
- Intro to OpenStack
- Python for JUNOS
- Study Day
- 1st Written Exam
- Juniper Intermediate Routing (JIR)
- Advanced Juniper Service Provider Routing (AJSPR)
- Introduction to Contrail
- Advanced Contrail Configuration
- Study Day
- Onsite 8-hour Lab Session
Note: Further program detail can be supplied upon request.
Orchestration with Mirantis OpenStack
There are many platform options at one’s disposal when it comes to deploying OpenStack. Solutions from Mirantis, Redhat, Suse and Ubuntu are four popular and supported options that are available.
Crystal Echo’s Mirantis course content and training program equips engineers with universal skills. Learners will gain essential knowledge and skills that will not exclusively limit them to implementing and working on Mirantis installations of OpenStack.
Mirantis OpenStack courses focus on the core OpenStack technology and operation. This certification-based Mirantis training maps to other vendor implementations of OpenStack. In addition, small references to additional features that Mirantis can provide to assist in maintaining and easily operating your OpenStack installation.
Crystal Echo currently offers the current OpenStack training of OS50 and OS100 and in future will offer OS200 and Kubernetes-based training. Further information about these programs can be found by following the links, below:
Is your Juniper Certification about to Expire?
Just a reminder that effective January 1, 2017 Juniper Networks began offering a continuing education recertification option for current Juniper certified professionals with expiring credentials. This allows recertifying professionals to attend a recommended class that corresponds to their expiring certification in lieu of completing the relevant re-certification exam.
Juniper Recertification is Possible without an Exam
To help explain, let’s share an example. If the candidate holds a JNCIS-ENT certification, then attending either the Junos Intermediate Routing (JIR) (at the same qualification level) or the Advanced Junos Enterprise Routing (AJER) (next level up in the same learning path) classes would recertify the JNCIS-ENT certification.
If you would like to lean more about the ways by which you be gain Juniper Networks Recertification, Juniper Networks have published a comprehensive overview of their various approved pathways. Simply click on this external link.
Juniper certifications are achieved by completing each stated prerequisite certification before a higher certification can be attained without exception.
If you desire a JNCIS-ENT (Enterprise Routing & Switching) level certification you must obtain the JNCIA-Junos certification. To cover the content required to achieve your JNCIA-Junos attendance of the IJOS (Introduction to the Junos Operating System) course is recommended.
So, the order of events goes like this:
To recertify you may sit the same exam you sat many years ago (noting it will be a newer exam) and the exam topics may slightly change, or you can simply sit the next higher level certification course which negates the requirement to sit the current certification you hold. For example if you hold JNCIS-ENT level certification and before it expires you sit and pass the JNCIP-ENT level certification your JNCIS-ENT level certification remains valid.
If you are looking for a simple way to navigate all Juniper courses and learn what course will contain the content and learning to achieve this visit – www.junipercertified.com
More details concerning the Recertification Through Course Attendance option or particular class schedules by certification are available. If you’d like more specific information regarding your particular circumstances you can contact us directly via email [email protected] or phone on +61 1300 859 892.
Enterprise Routing and Switching Learning Path
In conjunction with our recent announcement relating to the Changes to Juniper Networks Certified Professional (JNCIP-ENT) exam requirements, some recent Juniper Networks announcements in terms of course changes in the Enterprise Routing and Switching Learning Path have been somewhat confusing to say the least.
So in order to make heads or tails of the confusion we’ve summarised the changes that will take effect on October 1, 2017, below:
- The current Junos Enterprise Switching (JEX) course (i.e. version number 12.a) will be replaced with the content of the current Junos Enterprise Switching Using Enhanced Layer 2 Software (JEX-ELS) course (i.e. version number 17.a). This will be then known as the Junos Enterprise Switching (JEX) course (version number 17.a).
- The current Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching (AJEX) course (i.e. version number 12.a) will be replaced with the content of the current Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching Using Enhanced Layer 2 Software (AJEX-ELS) course (i.e. version number 17.a). This will be then known as the Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching (AJEX) course (version number 17.a).
- The current Junos Enterprise Switching Using Enhanced Layer 2 Software (JEX-ELS) course (i.e. version number 17.a) will become End of Life (EOL).
- The current Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching Using Enhanced Layer 2 Software (AJEX-ELS) course (i.e. version number 17.a) will become End of Life (EOL).
If you prefer to see things pictorially, please refer to the updated Juniper Networks Routing and Switching Learning Path.
Enterprise (JNCIP-ENT) Certification Exam Objectives (JN0-647)
Announcement by Robert Watson, Operations Manager, Crystal Echo
Juniper Networks has recently released a new professional-level certification exam (i.e. JN0-647) leading to the Juniper Networks Certified Professional – Enterprise (JNCIP-ENT) qualification and has also announced that this new exam will become the only exam (replacing the remaining JN0-643 exam) leading to the JNCIP-ENT qualification as of 1st October 2017.
This announcement also outlined information that the JN0-643 certification exam will become End of Life (EOL) on 30th September 2017. As announced last month, the ELS version of the JNCIP-ENT certification exam (i.e. JN0-646) has already been superseded by the incoming JN0-647 certification exam. The JN0-646 certification exam became EOL on 1st September 2017.
So what are the differences?
Click here to see our full comparison and differences. A summary of the main changes are as follows:
- Exam objectives related to OSPF have effectively been replaced by Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) objectives covering topics such as IS-IS, RIP and Routing Policy and only a small section remaining allocated to OSPFv2 and OSPFv3.
- Junos Fusion Enterprise is a new exam topic under the Ethernet Switching and Spanning Tree objective.
The following topics will no longer tested under certification exam JN0-647:
- OSPF LSA types.
- OSPF area types and operations.
- LSA flooding through an OSPF multi-area network.
- DR / BDR operation.
- SPF algorithm.
- Metrics, including external metric types.
- Authentication options.
- Route summarisation and restriction.
- Virtual links.
- Implement OSPF routing policy.
New Juniper Online Training Manuals
Juniper Education Services Announce OnSecure 3.0 – Go live date July 2017.
Juniper’s new digital courseware platform Kortext provides students with access to all their material in one convenient PC or Tablet location simultaneously across multiple platforms (PC, Apple OS device, Android).
Unlike the previous method of delivery using Watchdox, student manuals will no longer expire in 12 months and now the ability to have all course materials in a virtual bookshelf is a delight to manage.
There’s user enjoyment to be had in a long list of new features, including:
- A more modern look-and-feel bookshelf with in contrast to a classic file-based workspace. A sortable library of book covers is replacing a sequenced list of file folders.
- The authorisation and access features are now provided within a single app download.
- No separate plug-in to manage authorisation.
- Annotation, book marking, note-taking, are all provided in a more intuitive interface. Syncing between all devices is automatic
- Users will now also be able to establish groups for specific courses and collaborate with others on (only those) commonly accessible courses (only sharing notes).
- E-Pub files are now supported instead of pdf files, for an improved “book” experience.
- Printing is still allowed in the on-line viewer, within a predetermined page count limit.
To view a tutorial introducing the platform or how to operate please refer to these 2 documents.
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We are still able to offer students a printed manual for a small fee, which equates to USD$20/day extra per day of training plus delivery costs. If you’re unable to attend training we are able to provide you with the following services:
Changes at a Glance to the 2017 Juniper Curriculum
A larger number of changes have taken place within Juniper’s certification curriculum and course offerings over the last 6 months. So take your time, tread carefully and feel free to call one of our Juniper Course Advisors on +61 1300 859 892 to help you navigate the curriculum with the latest course outlines to conclude the training path to meet your requirements.
The information supplied below is current as of August 2017. Juniper Course and exam information (length, availability, content, etc.) could change without Juniper notifying us. Please call Crystal Echo on +61 1300 859 892 or click onto the following link to view the most current Juniper course and exam information.
So let’s start with the most recent additions;
- June 30, 2017, an updated 5-day updated version of the Junos Platform Automation (JAUT) course will replace the 4-day version, which will be called Junos Platform Automation and DevOps. Information current as of April 2017.
- 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.
- June 30, 2017, the Advanced Junos Service Provider Troubleshooting (AJSPT) course will no longer be available. Content from the AJSPT course will be included in the Advanced Junos Service Provider Routing (AJSPR), Junos MPLS Fundamentals (JMF), Junos Layer 2 VPNs (JL2V) and Junos Layer 3 VPNs (JL3V) courses.
- June 30, 2017, the Advanced Junos Enterprise Routing Troubleshooting (AJERT) and Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching Troubleshooting (AJEXT) courses will no longer be available. Content from the AJERT and AJEXT courses will be included in the Junos Enterprise Switching (JEX), Advanced Junos Enterprise Switching (AJEX), and Advanced Junos Enterprise Routing (AJER) courses.
- June 30, 2017, the Advanced Junos Enterprise Security Troubleshooting (AJEST) course will no longer be available. Content from the AJEST course will be included in the Junos Security (JSEC) and Advanced Junos Security (AJSEC) courses.
- June 23, 2017, an updated 5-day version of the Advanced Junos Service Provider Routing (AJSPR) course will replace the 4-day version.
- June 16, 2017, an updated 5-day version of the Network Automation Using Contrail Cloud (NACC) course will replace the 3-day version.
- June 16, 2017, an updated 5-day version of Junos Security (JSEC) will replace the 3-day version.
- May 25th, 2017, a new 4-day version of the Advanced Juniper Enterprise Routing (AJER) course will replace the 3-day version.
- April 1, 2017, an updated 3- day version of the Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) with the content of IJOS and JRE with associated appendices included into a 3 day format.
- April 1, 2017, the Junos Routing Essentials (JRE) course will no longer be available. Content from JRE will be included in the Introduction to the Junos Operating System.
- March 31, 2017, the Data Center Switching (DCX) and Troubleshooting Data Centre Switching (TDCX) will no longer be available. Content from DCX, ADCX and TDCX will be be combined into a single 5-day course.
- March 31, 2017, Juniper Networks Certified Support Professional, Service Provider Routing and Switching (JNCSP-SP) certification reached end-of-life.
- March 31, 2017, Juniper Networks Certified Support Professional, Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCSP-ENT) certification reached end-of-life.
- March 31, 2017 Juniper Networks Certified Support Professional, Security (JNCSP-SEC) certification reached end-of-life.
- December 31, 2016, Junos MPLS and VPNS (JMV). The Junos Layer 2 VPNs (JL2V) and Junos Layer 2 VPNs (JL3V) courses are indeed prep for the Juniper Networks Certified Professional Service Provider Routing and Switching (JNCIP-SP) exam. The content from the JMV course that was relevant for the JNCIS-SP is now embodied in the JMF course.
- December 31, 2016, Junos Space for the Service Provider (JS-SP) will no longer be available.
- December 31, 2016, Junos Switching Enablement (JSLEX) will no longer be available.
- December 31, 2016, Junos Enablement: IOS to Junos OS (JSLJUN) will no longer be available.
- December 31, 2016, Junos Security Enablement: ScreenOS to Junos OS (JSLSEC) will no longer be available.
- October 12, 2016, Network Automation in the WAN (NA-WAN) new 3-day course is released
- October 6, 2016, Junos Layer 3 VPNs (JL3V) new 3-day course is released
- September 20, 2016, Network Automation in the Data Center (NA-DC) new 3-day course is released
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