The Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects (NSO201) v. 4.0 course 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 course provides an overview of NSO as a network automation solution, as well as introductions 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.


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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Explain transactional service activation and how it relates to business requirements
- Explain the benefits and uses of Cisco NSO
- Explain how Cisco NSO communicates with network devices
- Understand the NETCONF protocol and be able to read and write simple YANG models
- Install NSO and describe how NSO uses NETCONF and the Device Manager component
- Understand the difference between devices that are fully NETCONF capable and those that are less or not NETCONF capable
- Explain the YANG service model structure
- Describe how YANG is used with NSO, create and deploy a service, and explain NSO FASTMAP
- Design and manage services with YANG models
- Perform NSO configuration and basic troubleshooting, and describe the following NSO features: integration options, alarms and reporting, scalability and performance options, and available function packs
- Use logs to troubleshoot the Cisco NSO deployment and check NSO communication with network devices
- 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 the use of Reactive FASTMAP for manipulating and implementing advanced Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components
- Describe the use of feature components and function packs
- Define and explain the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Open Source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) principles and solution
- Work with the alarm console, and understand the NSO alarm structure and how it conforms to modern network operations procedures

  • Introduction to Cisco NSO

  • Meeting Challenges with Orchestration
    Challenges of Network Management
    Challenges of Network Orchestration
    NSO Features and Benefits That Meet Challenges
    Standardized Approach

  • What Is NSO?

  • Logical Architecture

  • What Does NSO Do?

  • Orchestration Use Cases

  • How Does NSO Work?

  • Introduction to NETCONF and YANG
    Mapping Logic
    Network Element Drivers (NEDs)

  • Resources and Training

  • Resources

  • Get Started with Cisco NSO

  • Installing Cisco NSO
    Setup Overview
    Cisco NSO Local Installation
    Installing NEDs
    Using NetSim

  • NETCONF Overview

  • Challenges of Network Management
    Introduction to NETCONF
    NETCONF Operation

  • Device Manager

  • Device Manager Overview
    Device Configuration Management
    Device Connection Management
    Templates and Groups
    Other Device Management Tools

  • Service Manager Essentials

  • YANG Overview
    Introduction to YANG
    Other Representations of YANG
    Data Types
    XPath Overview
    Basic YANG Statements
    Can You Spot the Error?

  • Using Services

  • Package Architecture
    Creating a Service Package
    Sample Service Configuration
    Service Template
    YANG Service Model
    Deploying a Service

  • Model-to-Model Mapping

  • Mapping Introduction
    Mapping Logic
    Template Processing

  • Service Design and Cisco NSO Programmability

  • Service Design
    Service Design Overview
    Top-Down Approach
    Bottom-Up Approach
    Device Configuration
    Service Model

  • Service Management

  • Service Management Tasks
    Service Lifecycle Management Guidelines

  • NSO Programmability Introduction

  • NSO Programmability Overview
    Python Service Skeleton
    Creating a Service YANG Model
    Creating a Service Template
    Template Processing with Python

  • Cisco NSO Flexibility

  • System Configuration and Troubleshooting
    System Configuration
    System Troubleshooting

  • Integration

  • Integration Options
    NETCONF Server
    Web Integration
    SNMP Agent

  • Alarm Management and Reporting

  • Alarm Management

  • Scalability and Performance

  • High Availability
    High-Availability Cluster Communications
    Layered Service Architecture
    Addressing Performance Limitations

  • Components and Function Packs

  • Function Packs
    NFV Orchestration
    Reactive FASTMAP


This course is ideal for System installers, System integrators, System administrators, Network administrators, Solutions designers.




We require the following knowledge and skills before taking this course: - 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 and YANG data modeling - Basic knowledge of Python programming - Basic knowledge of the NETCONF communication protocol - Knowledge of XML data structures and schemas - Basic management of network components (routers, switches, etc.)


Length: 4.0 days (32 hours)


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