Cisco Data Center Course

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Network engineers who need to use modern programming, automation and orchestration tools such as Python, Ansible and Git to automate, streamline and enhance their Cisco enterprise network.

Skills Gained

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the various models and APIs of the Cisco IOS-XE platform to perform Day 0 operations, improve troubleshooting methodologies with custom tools, augment the command-line interface (CLI) using scripts, and integrate various workflows using Ansible and Python
  • Explain the paradigm shift of model-driven telemetry and the building blocks of a working solution
  • Control the tools and APIs to automate Cisco DNA infrastructure managed by Cisco DNA Center
  • Demonstrate workflows (configuration, verification, health checking, and monitoring) using Python, Ansible, and Postman
  • Explain Cisco SD-WAN solution components, implement a Python library that works with the Cisco SD-WAN APIs to perform configuration, inventory management, and monitoring tasks, and implement reusable Ansible roles to automate provisioning new branch sites on an existing Cisco SD-WAN infrastructure
  • Manage the tools and APIs to automate Cisco Meraki managed infrastructure and demonstrate workflows (configuration, verification, health checking, monitoring) using Python, Ansible, and Postman.



Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic programming language concepts
  • Basic understanding of virtualization
  • Ability to use Linux and CLI tools, such as Secure Shell (SSH) and bash
  • Networking knowledge equivalent to the CCNP level
  • Foundational understanding of Cisco DNA, Meraki, and Cisco SD-WAN


Introducing Cisco SD-WAN Programmability

  • Enterprise Network Automation Overview
  • Cisco SD-WAN Architecture
  • Cisco SD-WAN REST API Overview

Building Cisco SD-WAN Automation with Python

  • Python Workflows for Cisco SD-WAN

Building Cisco SD-WAN Automation with Ansible

  • Use Ansible with Cisco SD-WAN APIs
  • Explore SD-WAN resources on Cisco DevNet

Managing Configuration with Ansible and Network Automation and Programmability Abstraction Layer with Multivendor support (NAPALM)

  • NAPALM Automation Framework

Implementing On-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco IOS XE Software

  • Introduction to Edge Computing

Implementing Model-Driven Telemetry

  • Data Models on Cisco IOS XE Software
  • Streaming Telemetry
  • Streaming Telemetry Models
  • Streaming Telemetry Transport Protocols

Day 0 Provisioning with Cisco IOS-XE

Day 0 Operations

  • iPXE Overview
  • Cisco Network Plug and Play Overview

Automating Cisco Meraki

  • Cisco Meraki Architecture and Automation Capabilities
  • Cisco Meraki REST API Overview

Implementing Meraki Integration APIs

  • Cisco Meraki Integrations Overview
  • Location Scanning APIs
  • Cisco Meraki Camera APIs
  • Cisco Meraki Captive Portals
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Health
  • Explore Cisco Meraki Webhook Alerts

Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks

  • Cisco Intent-Based Network Overview
  • Cisco DNA Center APIs

Building Cisco DNA Center Automation with Python

  • Explore Cisco DNA Center Libraries

Automating Operations using Cisco DNA Center

  • Introduction to Cisco DNA Center Assurance Workflows
  • Cisco DNA Center Event Webhooks


  • Perform Administrative Task Using the Cisco SD-WAN API
  • Build, Manage and Operate Cisco SD-WAN Programmatically
  • Consume SD-WAN APIs Using the uri Module
  • Build Reports Using Ansible-Viptela Roles
  • Manage Feature Templates with Ansible
  • Use NAPALM to Configure and Verify Device Configuration
  • Implement On-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco IOS XE Software
  • Use Python on Cisco IOS XE Software
  • Implement Streaming Telemetry with Cisco IOS XE
  • Implement ZTP on Cisco IOS-XE with a Custom Python Script
  • Implement Cisco Meraki API Automation
  • Explore Cisco Meraki Integration APIs
  • Explore Cisco DNA Center APIs
  • Build Python Scripts with Cisco DNA Center Intent APIs
  • Troubleshoot End-toEnd Connectivity and Health-Check the Network via the Cisco DNA Center API
  • Build Python Scripts with Cisco DNA Center Assurance APIs


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