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vDay One: Mastering Junos Configuration

Whether you are new to Junos or just want to improve your configuration skills, this Junosphere lab will boost your mastery of the Junos OS. This vDayOne book is all about Junos and the magic behind the curly brackets. Log onto Junosphere, load the topology file, watch the book’s videos, and then simply copy and paste from the PDF book’s prompts to configure the Junosphere virtual machine online. Learn by doing, not reading.

This book is available in English and Spanish. In addition, we have English versions with Portuguese videos, with French videos, and with Mandarin videos.

Bonus: Solve the end of book challenge/contest and win valuable Junosphere prizes!

The challenge/contest is now closed. Please see the book download page for the solutions.

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About the Author(s)

Antonio “Ato” Sanchez Monge (JNCIE-M #222 and CCIE #13098) holds a MS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). He joined Juniper Networks in 2004, where he is currently working in the Advanced Services team. He has authored three books in the Juniper Networks Books Day One series, This Week: Deploying Multicast VPNs, This Week: A Packet Walkthrough on the M, MX and T Series and vDay One: Introduction to BGP Multicast VPNs.

Author Q & A

What got you started on this book?

In general, people who get to know Junos, end up loving it. Junos is probably the best network operating system in the industry, and in my opinion it’s undoubtedly the nicest one to configure. Its CLI is revolutionary since the day it was released. Although Junos is already very popular, there is a significant number of technical professionals and students who would love to get hands-on experience with Junos, but they never had the opportunity to do so.

True, there are quite a few introductory books and websites, some of them excellent. But this book brings something new: after watching each of the short videos linked from the vBook, the reader can follow practice labs on a device running real Junos in the cloud, thanks to the Junosphere environment. I believe this is differential: do-it-yourself is for many people (including myself) the best way to learn and, more importantly, not to forget what you have learnt. My passion for experiential learning is the reason why I started to write the book.

Who is this book for?

This vBook is adapted to Junos total beginners, but it also contains a global view that can be helpful for experienced users who want to gain insight on the Junos configuration database and techniques. The videos are already available in five languages (English, Mandarin, French, Portuguese and Spanish), and more languages are coming. All the voices in the videos belong to experienced Juniper engineers (David Dugal, Haofeng Zhang, Olivier Melwig, Diogo Montagner, etc.). So if you are not a native English speaker, you may have the opportunity to watch the video in your mother tongue, and listen directly to an expert.

After reading this book, what’s the take away?

If you are a beginner, you will be able to speak Junos after spending 3+ hours on this material. And once you speak Junos, you can learn how to configure your own network and services. In that sense, Mastering Junos Configuration is probably the foundation of all the other vDay One books.

And if you are an experienced Junos user, bear in mind that there are quite a few tips, some of them advanced that may be new to you. Upon publication of this book, there will also be a hands-on contest with a nice prize: this book will help you to solve the challenge!

What are you hoping that people will learn from this book?

I’m hoping that anyone who runs through this material, and especially the hands-on part, will feel comfortable with the Junos OS CLI, and fully understand the magic behind the curly brackets.

What do you recommend as the next item to read after this book?

The JNCIA, JNCIS and JNCIP certification guides are available for download from our website. There is also a recent Junos introductory book that I like, Day One: Junos for IOS Engineers.

What’s your inspiration?

My father likes to speak in such a way that people can easily understand and learn, and not to impress them with his own knowledge. I hope this book keeps that essence.

The dynamics of the Junos technical community inside and outside Juniper are also a source of inspiration. And working with the vDay One team (Patrick Ames, Aleksey Mints, Pilar Somohano, Julie Wider, and my friends who play the voice-in-the-videos...) is simply a pleasure, these guys keep me going.

What’s your favorite bit/part in the book?

I like watching videos in different languages, especially those that I don’t speak fluently. But if I have to pick one bit, it’s the challenge/contest. I’m curious to how it is received by the community. Hopefully it will get a warm welcome, but I’m still expectant about it.