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Arista Cloud Engineer, AVD Specialist


Arista ACE


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Candidates will learn how to design, build, deploy, and validate various types of network architectures utilizing Arista Validated Design with Ansible.
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ACE:AVD Specialist course is best suited for senior network engineers, architects, and operators looking to learn the Arista AVD open source automation tool. Candidates should have a good foundation in networking and basic understanding of automation concepts.
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This course includes hands-on virtual labs built on current versions of EOS and CloudVision.

3 Weeks access to

2 Days
Instructor Led

2.5 Weeks
Work on labs independently
to refine skills
Course Overview

ACE:AVD Specialist is a 2-day course to increase proficiency both conceptually and operationally for the deployment, operation, and management of various Arista EOS based networks using the open source tool, Arista Validated Designs (AVD). Arista AVD uses Arista best practices to generate configurations for various types of topologies, including Layer 2 Leaf/Spine, Layer 3 Leaf/Spine with EVPN/VXLAN, and MPLS. Candidates will learn how to build data models, deploy configurations through CVP, and perform post-deployment validations using the AVD validation tools.

  • Introduction to Arista Validated Design
  • Automation Concepts
  • Automation Tools
  • Introduction to Ansible
  • Using Ansible with CVP
  • Using Arista AVD
  • Building L3LS+EVPN/VXLAN Topology
  • Labs
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Introduction to Arista Validated Design
  • What is AVD?
  • AVD in Operation
  • Automation Landscape
Automation Concepts
  • Single Source of Truth
  • Data Models
  • CI/CD
Automation Tools
  • IDE
  • YAML
Introduction to Ansible
  • Components of Ansible
  • Control nodes, controlled nodes, access
  • Ansible Inventory
  • Playbooks, plays, tasks
  • Ansible Collections
  • Arista Collections (arista.eos, arista.cvp, arista.avd)
Using Ansible with CVP
  • Ansible arista.cvp collection
  • Uploading Configlets
  • Creating Container Topology
  • Assigning configlets to devices
Using Arista AVD
  • AVD Components (inventory, data models, Ansible roles)
  • AVD Workflow
  • AVD Playbooks
Building L3LS+EVPN/VXLAN Topology
  • Topology Types (L2LS, L3LS+EVPN, MPLS)
  • Topology Roles (spine,L3leaf, L2leaf, super-spine)
  • EVPN Services (Logical Configuration)
  • Endpoint Connectivity
  • Data Models for Topology
  • Data Models for EVPN services
  • Data Models for Endpoint Connectivity
  • Building Single DC, Single Pod
  • Building Multi DC
  • Building Multi Pod
  • Connecting EVPN Tenants to the outside world
  • Building Custom Configuration
  • Exploring IDE
  • Reset Lab Environment
  • Setting Up Arista AVD
  • Adding a Second Network and Host
  • Validate Configuration
  • Connect to Outside Network
  • Adding Spine4
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"Great course which did an amazing task to introduce us to 'The Arista Way' in a manner which was easily graspable and fun”

Jayeshh S

"It's refreshing that a tech company is still teaching/stressing networking basics ; a solid foundation is key for any capable architect or engineer.”


"Really nice course. It is great and many important topics are touched e.g. VXLAN, Routing, CloudVision”

Pawel K

"The course helped me to have an overview of network areas that I didn't have contact with and to understand the field application of the ones I had. ”

Robert O

"Great course that goes into detail for each topic listed. Learned many concepts that will help me in the future with my network assignments.”


"The in depth explanation of the topics, especially the inner working of EVPN and VXLAN was excellent. Deconstructing the packets and operational flow is very valuable to understand exactly how these technologies work. The instructor did a great job of explaining this and his depth of knowledge was obvious.”

Shayne K

"The course does a good job of covering all the aspects of automation and how they apply to Arista products. The lab content is very structured and I really like the large and comprehensive lab environment. Much better than other vendor classes I've participated in.”

Nathan M

"The course was what I was looking for - introduction to automation. The difficulty level was perfect, it was challenging enough and I felt like I learnt a lot. I especially liked the labs.”


"I liked the fact the course was designed for both people knew how to code as well as people familiar with it. I learned a lot, and it made me more comfortable realizing that automation is not actually out of my grasp.”

Andrei M

"The instructor was fantastic, had a clear understanding on the materials that were being presented and was able to backup his presentations with his knowledge.”

Brian B

"The instructor was very knowledgable and able to explain the concepts very clearly, using his own diagrams that he drew during class specifically to explain certain topics. I felt he was also very approachable and helpful when answering any questions I had.”


"Fantastic course. The layout was great and the labs were great also. Not a single complaint or even constructive criticism. You can see the amount of hard work that went into building this class.”

Mike C