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Media & Entertainment (M&E) Specialist Outline

Media & Entertainmen



The 5-day ACE Media & Entertainment (M&E) Specialist course is built to establish a firm foundation for newcomers to networking and the individuals who will be designing and configuring scalable professional media networks based on modern Leaf-Spine architecture.


Media over IP

  • Requirements of M&E Customers
  • One Medium for all I/O
  • Quality of Experience
  • Network-Wide Telemetry
  • Open APIs for Broadcast Integration
  • Arista Media Network Approach

Foundation of Networking

  • Layered Network Architecture
  • Ethernet, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP
  • Cabling for Modern Media Connectivity

Working with Arista EOS

  • Arista EOS Software Approach
    • Single EOS for All M&E Use Cases
    • State Driven, NetDB, Net DL
    • EOS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Arista Hardware Approach
    • Merchant Silicon
    • Deep Buffer
    • Interface Flexibility (10G to 400G)
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
    • Initial Switch Config
    • ZTP Requirements and Bootstrap
    • Config vs Scripts
  • Initial Boot-up
  • Configuring M&E Basic Operations
    • Device Parameters
    • NTP, Ethernet Management Port
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • AAA Configuration
  • Introduction to IPv6
    • Format and Scope of IPv6 Address
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP)
    • ARP and DHCP
    • VRRP – Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
    • Arista vARP
    • Recommended Practices for Media Networks Design

CloudVision Portal (CVP) Overview and Architecture

  • Introduction to CloudVision
    • Network Automation
    • DIY, DevOps, Turnkey (CV, Studio)
    • State Streaming, SysDB,NetDB, NetDL
    • CloudVision Partner Integration
    • Overview of Installation
  • CloudVision Deployment
    • Cloud-based CVaaS, Appliance, Virtual (OVA, KVM)
    • Software, Authentication, and Connectivity Requirements
    • CVP Setup
    • Enabling eAPI
  • Initial Switch Behavior
    • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
    • Process, Modes, Provisioning
    • DHCP Configuration
    • ZTP Bootstrap with CVP
    • Zero Touch Replacement
  • Automating Configuration with Configlets
    • Container and Configlet Plan
    • Creating Containers
    • Configlet Builder
    • Python Library
  • Change Control
    • Compliance
    • Create Change Control
    • Add/Remove Metrics
  • Day 2 Network Operations
    • Real-Time Telemetry, Analytics
    • Client to Cloud Visibility
    • Troubleshooting with CLI and CVP
    • Image Management
    • Data Plane Visibility

Layer 2 Operations

  • L2 Switching, L2 Redundancy
  • VLANs and Trunk – 802.1Q
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST)
  • Link Aggregation
    • Port Channel
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
    • Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)

Layer 3 Operations

  • Routing Fundamentals
    • Layer 3 Redundancy
    • ECMP
  • OSPF
    • Enabling OSPF
    • Configuring OSPF in a L-S Design
    • OSPF Network Types
  • VRFand VPN
  • WAN Connectivity for M&E
    • Internet Connectivity
    • Ethernet-based WAN
    • DCI for Media
  • BGP
    • Enabling BGP
    • BGP Peer Groups, Routes, Operations
    • BGP Labeled Unicast (BGP-LU)
    • L3 L-S Design with BGP
    • Recommended Practices for M&E
  • Multicast
    • IP Multicast
    • Large-Scale Multicast Support
    • Multicast Flow Orchestration
    • Arista Media Control Service (MCS)
    • Multicast Protocols - DM, SM, PIM, IGMP
    • PIM-SM, PIM SSM, PMBR, Rendezvous Point (RP)
    • Multicast Operation, Addressing, Routing, Load Balancing
    • Multicast Groups Address

Leaf-Spine DC Architectures

  • Media Move to Leaf-Spine Architecture
  • Scale-Out Architecture for M&E
  • L2 LS, L3 LS
  • VXLAN Data Plane

Scalable IP Architecture for M&E

  • L3 Architectural Overview
  • Design for Resiliency at Scale
  • Cloud-Scale IP Infrastructure

Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

  • Overview of PTP
  • PTP for LAN and WAN
  • Recommended Practices

Appendix - Campus Architectures

  • Resilient and Scalable L-S Campus Network
  • WiFi Fundamentals and Design
  • CloudVision Cognitive Unified Edge (CV-CUE)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Unified Wired and WiFi


The ACE M&E Specialist course includes diverse practical labs. The labs are accessible for three weeks, one week during the instructor-led course, and two additional weeks to work on labs independently. Each student is given their own dedicated environment. Students can connect to these cloud-based labs from anywhere at any time.

Lab Activities

  • OSI, MAC Addresses and IP Addresses
  • Cabling & Interface Speed Configuration
  • Installing and Working with EOS and CloudVision
  • Intro to EOS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • CVP Introduction - Navigation
  • CloudVision - Configlet Management
  • Setting up Management Connectivity to Arista Switches
  • Understanding and Working with IP and ARP
  • Configuring Layer 2
  • Configuring LACP and MLAG
  • Configuring BGP
  • Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse-mode

Target Audience

The ACE M&E Specialist certification course is best suited for individuals who are looking to acquire the essential knowledge and skills to design and configure a modern resilient multimedia network infrastructure.


The ACE M&E Specialist requires a 2-hour multiple choice exam. Candidates must complete the M&E course prior to attempting the exam.