DNA Center Assurance – DNACA


Duration: 03 days

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.


The students will examine:

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
Students should have an understanding of network routing and switching principles equivalent to the Cisco CCNA certification level.

It is recommended but not required to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

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

Who Should Attend
System Engineers
Network Engineers
Technical Architects
Technical Support personnel
Channel partners and resellers

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

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  • Instructor-Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor-Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Day 1:

Module 1: Intent-based Networking overview
DNA Center overview
DNA Center as a Platform
Assurance overview
Automation overview
Integration overview
DNA Center Architecture & Design
DNA Center Installation
DNA Center appliance physical requirements
Setup and configure basic DNA bootstrapping
Verify DNA Center basic connectivity
Install upgrades & updates DNA Center services
Verify upgrades & updates DNA Center services
Network Devices requirements
Lab 1: Initial Configuration of Cisco DNA Center

Module 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

Module 3: DNA Center – Device Inventory

Add networks devices to the DNA Center device inventory
Verify DNA Center Inventory configuration
DNA Center – Design – Network Hierarchy
Add site locations on the network
Add global and/or location servers (e.g., DHCP server(s) and DNS servers(s))
Verify DNA Center – design configuration
Lab 3: DNA Center Discovery

Day 2:

Module 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

Module 5: DNA Center – Design – Templates and Policies

Templates – Apache Velocity Engine
Command Runner
Traffic Copy
Lab 5: Working with Templates
Module 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

DNA Center – Assurance Collection

Assurance services
Analysis Reporting
Lab 7: Assurance

DNA Center – Administration

User Administration
Backups and Restore
Lab 8: DNA Center Administration