Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) Prep Course with Exam



This course combines both hands-on labs and lecture, allowing you to learn OpenStack architecture and operation.�

In this course, you will examine both front-end and back-end OpenStack components, revealing the actual OpenStack function at the component level. In addition to a technical review of the architecture, this course teaches practical skills, as you will perform hands on labs to administer an OpenStack datacenter and set up, network, create and delete virtual machines and services. You will learn important DEVOPs�skills that illustrate how to fully administer the software defined infrastructure made possible by OpenStack. Important linux skills necessary to perform effective CLI tasks are also taught. All�hands-on labs are written to reinforce each lesson, making the concepts clearly understood.


  • System engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Architects
  • Data center architects

Learning Objectives

  • A deep dive into the OpenStack architecture
  • User management and cloud admin security
  • How to create virtual machines at both CLI and�browser interfaces
  • Learn L2 OpenStack network options�including�distributed virtual router, OVS, Integration bridge, provider bridge, and quantum bridge, as well as the provider network
  • Learn L3 networking options including quantum router, security groups (IP tables), and dnsmasq
  • Study the data center fabric and examine how it interconnects with OpenStack
  • Study automation systems featuring ansible and heat. The role of chef and puppet are also covered
  • Study version control using git and github
  • Study ephemeral, block and object storage
  • A detailed study of block (Cinder), object (Swift) and ceph storage
  • A look at under-cloud and over-cloud deployment techniques

1. OpenStack Architecture Overview

  • Big picture
  • Alta3 proof of concept deployment
  • Versions

2. Horizon�

3. Managing Guest VMs�

4. Hypervisors

  • Overview
  • Images
  • Migration
  • Compute
  • Compute Cloud
  • Virtualization Types�

5. Keystone

  • Overview
  • Keystone
  • Alternatives to Tokens
  • Tokens
  • OpenStack shell command permissions
  • Keystone authentication message flow
  • How to use curl with the Keystone Identity API
  • Keystone accessg�

6. Nova

  • nova-api
  • nova-scheduler
  • Nova architecture
  • Management�

7. SDN

  • Stack
  • Overview
  • OpenFlow�

8. Data Center Fabric

  • Overview
  • NFV Integration�

9. OpenStack Networking

  • Neutron
  • Architecture
  • Network Namespace+++add veth commands
  • OpenvSwitch
  • NFV�

10. Glance�

11. Swift

  • Overview
  • Working with Swift�

12. Ceph

  • Overview
  • OSD
  • Replication
  • Durability
  • Deployment

13. Cinder�

14. Ceilometer

  • Overview
  • Architecture�

15. AMQP

  • Overview
  • Message delivery options
  • Subscribe and publish
  • MQ alternatives�

16. Other Services

  • NTP
  • Trove
  • OSLO
  • MySQL
  • GlusterFS�

17. Git Essentials

  • Setting up the repository
  • Saving changes
  • Collaboration

18. Cloud Automation

  • Overview
  • Heat
  • Ironic�

19. High Availability

  • OpenStack vulnerability
  • Planning
  • Methods
  • Planning�

20. Cloud Security