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Implementing the Application Control Engine Service Module v2.0


Course Description


Overview

Implementing the Application Control Engine Service Module (ACESM) is a four-day, instructor-led, lecture and lab course that teaches learners how to design, deploy, and optimize intelligent network services using the Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module for Catalyst 6500 Switches. This course covers all of the key features of the Cisco ACE 2.0 software, including resource virtualization and management, server load balancing (Layer 2 to 4 and Layer 7), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) termination and offload, and security features like application-layer inspection and fixups.  

Audience

This course is designed for systems engineers and network architects who need to design or deploy server load-balancing solutions using the Cisco ACE Module.  

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for this course are:
  • A basic understanding of the TCP/IP protocol
  • Familiarity with HTTP and SSL protocols
  • Basic knowledge of the N-tier application architecture
  • Familiarity with server load-balancing concepts
 

Key topics

Introducing Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the fundamentals of IP-based communications
  • Describe the fundamentals of IP-based applications
  • Describe the Cisco ACE Module
Deploying Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the process of connecting the Cisco ACE Module to the network
  • Describe possible deployment topologies including routed, bridge, and one-arm modes as well as direct server return
  • Describe the use of multiple contexts
  • Explain the resource management controls available on the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain the process of granting access to authorized users for management tasks
  • Describe the steps to configure Cisco ACE Module interfaces
Configuring Modular Policy CLI
  • Describe the structure and configuration of class maps
  • Describe the structure and configuration of policy maps
  • Describe the steps necessary to activate policy maps
Managing the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain how to control management access to the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe SNMP support for multiple contexts
  • Describe the Application Network Manager
Understanding Security Features
  • Describe simple IP ACLs
  • Describe the use of ACL object groups
  • Describe the use of SYN cookies
  • Explain IP fragmentation processing
  • Explain TCP/IP normalization
  • Explain NAT and PAT
Configuring Layer 4 Load Balancing
  • Describe the key concepts of server load balancing
  • Describe the load-balancing algorithms available
  • Describe Layer 4 load balancing
  • Explain the rate-limiting controls available within a context
Configuring Health Monitoring
  • Describe health-monitoring options
  • Describe the configuration of health probes
  • Describe the configuration of HTTP error-code monitoring
  • Describe the use of TCL for scripted probes
  • Explain RHI
  • Describe the use of backup servers and server farms
  • Describe the Cisco ACE Module support for KAL-AP
Configuring Layer 7 Protocol Processing
  • Describe HTTP Layer 7 load balancing
  • Explain persistent HTTP connections and pipelined HTTP requests
  • Describe the modifications that the Cisco ACE Module can make to an HTTP transaction
  • Explain session persistence
  • Describe HTTP protocol inspection
  • Explain the FTP processing capabilities of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain the RDP processing capabilities of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain the Radius processing capabilities of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain the RTSP processing capabilities of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Explain the SIP processing capabilities of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe generic protocol parsing
  • Describe the Layer 7 inspected protocols
Processing Secure Connections
  • Describe the use of digital encryption in IP-based applications
  • Explain SSL offload, back-end SSL and end-to-end encryption
  • Describe the steps needed to configure PKI
  • Describe the steps needed to configure SSL proxy services
Understanding High Availability
  • Describe the Cisco ACE redundancy model
  • Explain object tracking
  • Explain the failover recovery process
  • Explain state replication between Cisco ACE Modules
  • Describe the information used to monitor fault tolerant configurations
Integrating Multiple Features
  • Describe the process of identifying features needed to fulfill network requirements
  • Explain the process of designing a multiple-context implementation
  • Explain the process of designing a multifeature Cisco ACE implementation
  • Describe the configuration of multiple integrated features
 

Objectives

After the completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe IP application delivery with the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the configuration tasks necessary to successfully deploy a Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the structure and function of the Modular Policy CLI statements used to configure ACE features
  • Describe the methods used to manage the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the capabilities the Cisco ACE Module used to load balance IP-based applications
  • Identify the Layer 7 processing options used to provide advanced application networking
  • Create new contexts and resource classes
  • Create class maps and server farms
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to load-balance traffic flows
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to monitor real servers
  • Implement fixups and inspection
  • Describe the Cisco ACE features that provide IP application security
  • Implement SSL termination
  • Configure network address translations
  • Describe the high availability features of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to perform a variety functions in an integrated environment
  • Troubleshoot common SLB configuration errors

Course Duration

4 Days
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