DNA Center Assurance - DNACA (DNACA v1.3.3)

 2 Days
Delivery Methods
 VILT    Private Group

This course will cover the basics of installing and operation of the Cisco DNA Center (DNAC). The Cisco DNAC is a stand-alone product that provides a single dashboard for every fundamental management task to simplify running an enterprise network. The DNAC is the management piece of the Software Defined Access (SDA) solution.


Upcoming Class Dates and Times

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Who Should Attend

  • System Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Technical Architects
  • Technical Support personnel
  • Channel partners and resellers

Course Objectives

  • An overview of the Intent-based networking
  • Installation of the DNA Center software
  • Integration with the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  • Discovering an existing network using DNAC
  • Working with Software Images using Software Image Manager (SWIM)
  • Using Templates to create configurations for networking devices and template optimization
  • Adding new devices to the network using Plug and Play (PnP)
  • Remediating issues on the network using DNAC Assurance
  • Administrating the DNAC


1 - Intent-based Networking overview
  • DNA Center overview
  • DNA Center as a Platform
  • DNA Center Architecture & Design
  • DNA Center Installation
  • Lab 1: Initial Configuration of Cisco DNA Center
2 - DNA Center/Identity Services Engine (ISE) Integration
  • ISE Integration configuration in DNA Center
  • DNA - Global - Add servers (e.g. ISE server(s))
  • DNA Center integration configuration in ISE
  • Approve pxGrid in ISE
  • Verify DNA/ISE integration
  • Lab 2: DNA Center to ISE Integration
3 - DNA Center - Device Inventory
  • Add networks devices to the DNA Center device inventory
  • Verify DNA Center Inventory configuration
  • DNA Center - Design - Network Hierarchy
  • Verify DNA Center - design configuration
  • Lab 3: DNA Center Discovery
4 - DNA Center - Design - Software Image Management (SWIM)
  • Review SWIM image repository listing
  • Create golden software image & role
  • Verify golden software image creation
  • Lab 4: SWIM
5 - DNA Center - Design – Templates and Policies
  • Templates – Apache Velocity Engine
  • Command Runner
  • Policies
  • Lab 5: Working with Templates
6 - DNA Center - Provision Configuration
  • Add devices to newly created sites/locations
  • Plug and Play (PnP)
  • Verify DNA Center - provision configuration
  • Lab 6: Plug and Play
7 - DNA Center - Assurance Collection
  • Assurance services
  • Analysis Reporting
  • Lab 7: Assurance
8 - DNA Center – Administration
  • User Administration
  • Backups and Restore
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lab 8: DNA Center Administration


  • Foundational understanding of network design, routing, switching, QoS, and security
  • Understanding of Cisco Discovery Protocol, Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DNS, Network Time Protocol (NTP), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Understanding of TCP protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, and Telnet
  • Understanding of routing concepts and the ability to configure routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Basic knowledge of SDN, northbound APIs, southbound APIs, and (REST) APIs
  • Understanding of WLAN parameters
  • Basic understanding of wireless controllers (WLCs) and access point (AP) capabilities

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