DNA Center and SD-Access offer Cisco’s next-generation programmable digital network to help automate common network access security features and streamline the redundant, complex configuration required to allow different groups of users access to the network infrastructure. This network security training course allows network administrators to quickly allow differentiated access for end users on the network while allowing the network to react automatically to day zero and other types of attacks.


* Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
- Know and understand Cisco's SD-Access concepts, features, benefits, terminology and the way this approach innovates common administrative tasks on today's networks.
- Differentiate and explain each of the building blocks of SD-Access Solution
- Explain the concept of Fabric and the different node types that conform it (Fabric Edge Nodes, Control Plane Nodes, Border Nodes)
- Describe the role of LISP in Control Plane and VXLAN in Data Plane for SD-Access Solution
- Understand the role of DNA Center as solution orchestrator and Intelligent GUI
- Be familiar with workflow approach in DNA Center and its 4 Steps: Design, Policy, Provision and Assurance

  • Introduction to Cisco's Software Defined Access (SD-Access)

  • SD-Access Overview
    SD-Access Benefits
    SD-Access Key Concepts
    SD-Access Main Components

  • SD-Access Campus Fabric

  • The concept of Fabric
    Node types
    Fabric Edge Nodes
    Control Plane Nodes
    Border Nodes
    LISP as protocol for Control Plane
    VXLAN as protocol for Data Plane
    Concept of Virtual Network
    Fabric-enabled WLAN

  • DNA Center and Workflow for SD-Access

  • Introduction to DNA Center
    Workflow for SD-Access in DNA Center
    Integration with Cisco ISE for Policy Enforcement
    Integration with Cisco NDP for Analytics and Assurance
    Relationship with APIC-EM controller

  • DNA Center Workflow First Step - Design

  • Creating Enterprise and Sites Hierarchy
    Discuss and Demonstrate General Network Settings
    Loading maps into the GUI
    IP Address Administration
    Administering Software Images
    Network Device Profiles

  • DNA Center Workflow Second Step - Policy

  • 2-level Hierarchy
    Policy Types
    ISE Integration with DNA Center
    Cross Domain Policies

  • DNA Center Workflow Third Step - Provision

  • Devices Onboarding
    Fabric Domains
    Adding Nodes

  • DNA Center Workflow Fourth Step - Assurance

  • Introduction to Analytics
    NDP Fundamentals
    Overview of DNA Assurance
    Components of DNA Assurance
    DNA Center Assurance Dashboard

  • Implementing WLAN in SD-Access Solution

  • WLAN Integration Strategies in SD-Access Fabric
    SD-Access Wireless Architecture
    Sample Design for SD-Access Wireless

  • Campus Fabric External Connectivity for SD-Access

  • Enterprise Sample Topology for SD-Access
    Role of Border Nodes
    Types of Border Nodes
    Single Border vs. Multiple Border Designs
    Collocated Border and Control Plane Nodes
    Distributed (separated) Border and Control Plane Nodes


The primary audience for this course is: - Anyone interested in knowing about DNA Center and SD-Access - Personnel involved in SD-Access Design and Implementation - Network Operations team with SD-Access solution - Network admin staff that deal with User Access - Channel Partner SEs and other sales support - Network Access Control administration - Network Administrators - Network Architects - Network Engineers




Students who enroll in this course should have a basic understanding of Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching, of Software Defined Networks, and have experience with Cisco IOS, IOS XE, and CLI.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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