NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects (NSO201)

The NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects (NSO201) training introduces you to Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO). You will learn to install Cisco NSO and use it to manage devices and create services based on YANG templates with XPath. This training provides an overview of NSO as a network automation solution as well as introducing you to NETCONF, YANG, and XPath. You will learn about managing devices and creating device templates, service management and service package creation, network element drivers, interfacing with other systems using APIs, configuring and troubleshooting system settings, managing alarms and reporting, configuring NSO for scalability and performance, and capabilities that can be added to Cisco NSO.

How You’ll Benefit

This training will help you:

  • Learn to install Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)
  • Practice configuring devices with NSO
  • Practice designing and managing services with YANG models
  • Gain confidence with NSO configuration

 
Who Should Enroll

This training is designed primarily for network and software engineers who are interested in learning about automation and programmability and hold the following job roles:

  • Network administrators
  • Solutions designers
  • System installers
  • System integrators
  • System administrators


Course Objectives

After completing this training, you should be able to:

  • Explain the transactional service activation and how it relates to business requirements
  • Explain how Cisco NSO communicates with network devices
  • Understand the NETCONF protocol and be able to read and write simple YANG models
  • Understand the difference between devices that are fully NETCONF capable and those that are less or not NETCONF capable
  • Understand the support for candidate configuration and confirmed commit support
  • Use logs to troubleshoot the Cisco NSO deployment and check NSO communication with network devices
  • Explain the YANG service model structure
  • Design a real-world usable service
  • Explain the mapping logic of service parameters to device models and consequently to device configurations
  • Describe the use of different integration options and APIs
  • Explain how to implement action with use of config-templates in NSO package
  • Explain the use of Reactive FASTMAP in for manipulating and implementing advanced NFV components
  • Describe the use of feature components and function packs
  • Define and explain the ETSI MANO principles and solution
  • Work with the alarm console, and understand the NSO alarm structure and how it conforms to modern network operations procedures
  • Describe Cisco NSO 5.3 new features and changes in NSO

 
Course Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that students are expected to have before taking this training are:

  • Basic knowledge of the Cisco Command-Line Interface (CLI) or the CLI of UNIX-like operating systems
  • Working knowledge of UNIX-based operating systems and basic tasks
  • Basic knowledge of programming constructs
  • Basic knowledge of YANG data modeling
  • Basic knowledge of the NETCONF communication protocol
  • Knowledge of XML data structures and schemas
  • Basic management of network components (routers, switches, etc.)

The following Cisco trainings can help you gain the knowledge you need to prepare for this training

  • Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE)

Duration:

4 days

Course Outline

  • Introducing Service Orchestration with Cisco NSO
  • Exploring Cisco NSO Architecture
  • Orchestrating Network Solutions
  • Describing Cisco NSO Operation
  • Installing Cisco NSO
  • Exploring the Advantages of NETCONF
  • Managing Devices Using the Device Manager
  • Creating YANG Models
  • Using Services
  • Implementing Services with Model-to-Model Mapping
  • Designing Services in Cisco NSO
  • Managing the Service Lifecycle
  • Programming with Python in Cisco NSO
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting System Settings
  • Discovering Cisco NSO Northbound APIs
  • Managing Alarms and Reporting
  • Configuring Cisco NSO for Scalability and Performance
  • Describing Cisco NSO VNF Manager and Function Packs

Lab Outline

  • Install Cisco NSO
  • Use Device Manager
  • Create a Device Template
  • Create a Loopback Template Service
  • Create a VLAN Template Service
  • Create an L3VPN Template Service
  • Migrate a CDM Device
  • Set Up a Device Using Python Scripts
  • Create an SVI Python Template Service
  • Use NSO RESTCONF API with Postman