Exam description

This exam tests your skills and knowledge on how to architect and implement HPE Software-defined Networks.
 In this exam you will be tested on topics such as OpenFlow, Software-defined Network (SDN) use cases, high-availability feature for the HP SDN VAN Controller, installing and configuring the SDN controller and designing Software-defined network solutions with HPE applications such as HP Network Protector SDN Application.
 This certification exam is designed for candidates with “on the job” experience.  The associated training course, which includes numerous design and hands on lab activities, provides a foundation, but you are expected to have experience in the real world as well.

Who should take this exam?

New candidates who want to acquire the HP ASE - FlexNetwork Architect V2 or the HP ASE - FlexNetwork Integrator V1 certification and who have one of the following prerequisites:

  • HP ATP - FlexNetwork Solutions V2

  • HP AIS - Network Infrastructure [2011]

Candidates who have one of the following certifications and want to acquire the HP ASE - FlexNetwork Architect V2 or the HP ASE - FlexNetwork Integrator V1 certification:

  • HP ASE - Wireless Networks [2011]

  • HP ASE - Network Infrastructure [2011]

  • HP ASE - Network Architect V1

  • Cisco CCNP (any), CCDP(*), Juniper JNCIP-ENT, JNCIP-WLAN, H3CSE

* This Cisco certification must have been achieved or renewed within the last three years

Exam contents

This exam has 55 questions. Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Multiple choice (single response)
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses)
  • Matching
  • Multiple choice (single response), scenario based
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses), scenario based

Tips for taking this exam

Rather than emphasize simple memorization, HPE exams attempt to assess whether you have the knowledge and skills that an IT professional requires on the job. Therefore, some exam items present a scenario, which outlines a particular network environment or problem. Some exam items might also include one or more exhibits.
Exhibits can be for example:

  • Network topologies

  • Abstracts of switch configuration file output

  • Commands and command output


This exam presents all the questions in a single block. The candidate agreement is presented first, followed by the exam introduction and instructions. Once you click the Next Question button on the instructions page, the questions will be presented one at a time. You can move from question to question, skip questions, and change your answers. However, once you submit your answers, you cannot return to review those questions or change your answers.
Here are some additional tips:
  • Use the Next Question / Previous Question buttons to move forward and backward between questions. The Submit button will appear when you reach the last question.
  • Use the Assessment Navigator to jump between questions in a block and to review flagged questions. To do this, click the Assessment Navigator button and select the question you want to navigate to. Flagged questions are indicated above the item number in the upper left corner. The Assessment Navigator also uses different shading to indicate answered versus unanswered items.
  • Use the Assessment Navigator to launch the calculator tool by clicking the Calculator button at the bottom.
               Figure 1: Assessment Navigator

Take the time to read the entire question and consider all of the options carefully before you answer. If the question indicates that it features an exhibit, study the exhibit and reread the question. Make sure to select the answer that correctly responds to the question that is asked — not simply an answer that includes some correct information. If the question asks for more than one answer, remember to select each correct answer. You will not receive partial credit for a partially correct answer.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Fundamental SDN architectures and technologies

  • Explain OpenFlow functionalityand components, and differentiate OpenFlow 1.0 from OpenFlow 1.3.

  • Identify and describe the HP VAN SDN Controller architecture, internals, features, and functionality.


HP SDN solutions and offerings

  • Describe what SDN is and how it addresses networking business needs

  • Recognize the benefits of SDN and how it can be integrated in the FlexNetwork Architecture through use cases.


HP SDN solution planning and design

  • Manage and architect SDN and hybrid designs.

  • Describe the principles and pitfalls that must be considered when designing and developing SDN applications.

  • Prepare the infrastructure for SDN.

  • Plan for clustering and teaming.


HP SDN solution implementation Identify and describe network, hardware, software, and license requirements for the HP VAN SDN Controller implementation.

  • Install and configure the HP VAN SDN Controller with licenses on a system running Ubuntu, and then verify the installed solution.

  • Install and configure Mininet and verify the network connection.

  • Install, configure and set up the controller REST API.

  • Implement and verify a basic and hybrid OpenFlow network, including hardware table manipulation and link aggregation.

  • Implement ProVision and Comware specific features.

  • Install, configure, and set up security and verify controller code signing.

  • Install, configure, and set up security and verify controller code signing.

  • Explain controller teaming requirements, set up and verify teaming.

  • Explain, set up, and verify controller regions.


HP SDN solution enhancement

  • Describe how SDN can enhance the network performance, security and simplification, via applications such as HPE Network Protector and explain implementation strategies.

  • Explain how provisioning with SDN can make the network into an agile resource via HPE Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) and how it fits into OpenStack and HPE Cloud solutions.

  • Describe how an SDN solution can improve QoS for an application that uses dynamic ports and explain strategies for implementing it in the network.

  • Recognize ways to migrate toward SDN solutions.


HP SDN solution management

  • Explain HP Intelligent Management Center Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Manager options and how it allows you to manage and control an SDN solution.

  • Explain Controller Menu Options.

  • Explain Application manager states, requirements, and failure causes.

  • Explain processes, steps, and requirements to backup and restore the Controller, team, and Keystone.

Sample questions

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