Free OpenStack Essentials Course, and an Update From the Mirantis OpenStack Training Team

Paul Quigley - October 5, 2020 - , , ,

A year ago, I wrote a blog discussing the new Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam, Tips for taking the new OpenStack COA (Certified OpenStack Administrator) exam. The Mirantis OpenStack Training team has been busy since then, strengthening our partnership with the OpenStack Foundation and updating our course content.

Mirantis Partnership with the OpenStack Foundation

Since releasing the new COA exam a year ago, Mirantis has continued to work closely with the OpenStack Foundation.

At the upcoming virtual Open Infrastructure Summit, Mirantis Training is sponsoring the following:

  • OpenStack COA Info Session: This presentation provides an overview of the Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam; sponsored by the OpenStack Foundation, in collaboration with Mirantis. This session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, at 11:45 am.
  • OS100 OpenStack Essentials: The Mirantis Training team is providing an OS100 class, free of charge to summit attendees, for the Upstream Institute on Thursday, October 22.

Use the following URL to view the exam schedule and enroll:

Soon, you will also see updates to the COA exam – stay tuned for further details!

You can read more about the COA exam from the following:

OpenStack Course Updates

Over the last few months, based on feedback from our students, the Mirantis Training team has also been working hard to update our OpenStack curriculum. As a result, we recently launched an updated OpenStack Cloud Technology (OS) track

These updates represent our continued commitment to providing vendor-neutral training for OpenStack. 

OpenStack Course Roadmap

To highlight the changes, let’s start with the new role-based roadmap:

Notice that there is now a learning path based on your OpenStack skills/role.

Each OpenStack course is designed for a specific audience. For example,

  • If you are new to OpenStack, then OS100 is for you. As you continue to grow your skills, you can enroll in an OS220 class.  
  • If you are interested in taking the COA exam, OS220 or OS250 will help you prepare. 

Let’s continue by looking at each course, its content, and the target audience. 

OS100: OpenStack Essentials (1 day)

Users who are new to OpenStack (or not even familiar with OpenStack) will appreciate this course. 

The primary goal of this course is to provide familiarity with OpenStack and its cloud ecosystem. The most commonly used OpenStack components (Keystone, Glance, Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Horizon, Heat, Octavia, and Telemetry) are discussed in detail. 

As Cloud workloads expand to supporting container and bare metal technologies, students also need to understand the associated OpenStack components, at an introductory level, such as:

  • Magnum for deploying Container Orchestration Engines (COEs) on virtual machines or bare metal servers   
  • Zun for deploying containers and pods from OpenStack – a consistent UI to deploy VMs, containers, and pods!
  • Ironic for bare metal server deployments
  • Cloud Kitty for Cloud costing and billing
  • And more!

This course is intended for Project Managers, Sales Engineers, Development Managers, Business Stakeholders, and beginning Cloud operations personnel.

Hands-on labs use the Dashboard UI, known as the Horizon component.

OS220: OpenStack Administration and Operations (3 days)

This course is designed to provide you with a complete experience with administering and operating the most commonly used OpenStack components (Keystone, Glance, Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Horizon, Heat, Octavia, and Telemetry) to implement Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in a private cloud; from image management to instance creation to network plugins and more.

This course is intended for intermediate level system/network administrators, Technical IT professionals, deployment engineers, cloud administrators, and cloud operations personnel who already understand OpenStack and need more details.

Hands-on labs use both the Dashboard UI and the OpenStack CLI client.

At the end of this course, you will have acquired the skills necessary to pass the COA Exam.

OS250: OpenStack Administration Bootcamp (4 days)

This course is a bundle of OS100 and OS220.

OS320: Advanced OpenStack Deployment (1 day)

Imagine if you could take a class where you learn how to build a private cloud, based on OpenStack, in ONE DAY!  This is the class for you!  (Of course, you might need some Tylenol, too.)

This course begins with an Ubuntu environment with the stable Rocky code branch. You execute the necessary tasks to install the OpenStack components. Typically, this involves installing one or more Linux code packages, editing one or more configuration files, restarting the services, and verifying your work.

This course involves extensive hands-on lab experience.

At the end of the lab exercises, you have your own private cloud using all of the default drivers, known as the reference implementations, such as, KVM for the hypervisor, Open vSwitch (OVS) for layer 2 networking, NAT tables and namespaces for layer 3 routing, Logical Volume Manager (LVM) for block storage/volume services, and more.

This course is intended for experienced system/network administrators, technical IT professionals, deployment engineers, cloud administrators, and cloud support personnel.

Due to the nature of this content, most hands-on labs use the OpenStack CLI client until the Dashboard UI is installed.


It has been a busy year!  Mirantis continues to work closely with the OpenStack Foundation for the COA exam. 

Our OpenStack courses were restructured to allow for a role-based learning path. You also have more course content and labs.  Who can argue they want less?  More means you are getting more information to help you do your job.

All OpenStack courses are currently based on the Rocky release level.  Stay tuned for further updates in the future. 

All Mirantis OpenStack courses are available for private delivery, delivered by Mirantis personnel, or the global network of Mirantis’ Authorized Training Partners for public class delivery; available in various locations and time zones. 

For details on all of Mirantis’ training, visit

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