Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance (ACEAP v1.0)

Overview

Implementing the Cisco ACE Appliance is a four-day, instructor-led, lecture and lab course. You will learn how to deploy and configure the Cisco Catalyst 4710 Application Control Engine (ACE) Appliance.

This course covers all of the key features of the Cisco ACE appliance, including resource virtualization and management, server load balancing (Layer 2-4 and Layer 7), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) termination and offload, and security features like application-layer inspection and fixups.

Who Should Attend

 
  • The primary audience for this course are systems engineers and network architects who need to design or deploy server load-balancing solutions using the Cisco ACE appliance.
  • The secondary audience for this course are network operators and server administrators who need to understand the server load-balancing solutions capabilities of the Cisco ACE appliance.

Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
 
  • TCP/IP protocol
  • HTTP and SSL protocols
  • N-tier application architecture
  • Server load balancing

Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
 
  • Describe IP application delivery with the Cisco ACE appliance
  • Describe the configuration tasks necessary to successfully deploy a Cisco ACE appliance
  • Describe the structure and function of the Modular Policy CLI statements used to configure Cisco ACE features
  • Describe the methods used to manage the Cisco ACE appliance
  • Describe the Cisco ACE features that provide IP application-based security on the Cisco ACE appliance
  • Describe the capabilities and configuration of the Cisco ACE features used to provide load balancing of IP-based applications
  • Describe the health monitoring capabilities of the Cisco ACE appliance
  • Identify the Layer 7 processing options used to provide advanced application networking
  • Describe the Cisco ACE support for SSL protocol processing
  • Describe the Cisco ACE web application acceleration, optimization, and compression features
  • Describe the high-availability features of the Cisco ACE appliance, which are used to provide reliable application networking services
  • Describe a methodology used to design and configure multiple Cisco ACE features
Mostrar detalhes
Course Outline

Course Introduction
Overview
Course Goal and Objectives
Course Flow
Additional References

Lesson 1: Introducing the Cisco ACE 4710 Appliance
IP Protocol Stack Review
IP Application Review
Web Technology Overview
Introducing the Cisco ACE

Lesson 2: Deploying Cisco ACE
Connecting Cisco ACE to the Network
Cisco ACE Installation Procedure
Cisco ACE Appliance GUI
Network Topologies
Virtualization
Resource Management
Authorizing Management Users
Configuring Interfaces

Lesson 3: Modular Policy CLI
Class Maps
Policy Maps
Applying Policy Maps

Lesson 4: Managing the Cisco ACE Appliance
Permitting Management Traffic
SNMP Manageability

Lesson 5: Security Features
IP Access Control Lists
TCP/IP Fragmentation/Reassembly
TCP/IP Normalization
Network Address Translation

Lesson 6: Layer 4 Load Balancing
Load-Balancing Concepts
Load-Balancing Algorithms
Configuring Layer 4 Load Balancing

Lesson 7: Health Monitoring
Health Monitoring Overview
Active Health Probes
HTTP Error Code Monitoring
Using TCL Scripting

Lesson 8: Layer 7 Protocol Processing
Configuring HTTP Layer 7 Load Balancing
Persistent and Pipelined HTTP Extensions
Server Reuse
Session Persistence
Protocol Inspection
HTTP Inspection
FTP Protocol Processing
Other Inspected Protocols

Lesson 9: Processing Secure Connections
Digital Encryption Technologies
SSL Service Options
Configuring a Public Key Infrastructure
Configuring SSL Proxy Services

Lesson 10: Deploying Application Acceleration and Optimization
Web Application Acceleration Architecture
FlashForward
Delta Optimization
Smart Redirect
Fast Redirect
FlashConnect
Just-in-Time Object Acceleration
Adaptive Dynamic Cache
Compression Overview

Lesson 11: High Availability
Redundancy
Object Tracking
Failover
State Replication
Fault-Tolerance Configuration
Displaying Fault-Tolerance Information

Lesson 12: Integrating Multiple Features
Analyzing Network Requirements
Designing Cisco ACE Contexts
Designing Cisco ACE Features
Configuring Multiple Integrated Features

Lab Outline
Lab 1: Implementing Virtualization
Lab 2: Using Network Address Translation
Lab 3: Configuring Server Load Balancing
Lab 4: Implementing Health Monitoring
Lab 5: Configuring Layer 7 Load Balancing
Lab 6: Enabling Sticky Connections
Lab 7: Enabling Protocol Inspection
Lab 8: Configuring SSL Termination
Lab 9: Enabling HTTP Optimizations
Lab 10: Integrating Multiple Features
Lab 11: Troubleshooting Case Study 1: Common SLB Configuration Errors
Lab 12: Troubleshooting Case Study 2: Common Layer 7 SLB Configuration Errors