Configuring and Operating Cisco EPN Manager

5 days


The Configuring and Operating Cisco EPN Manager course shows you how to install, provision, monitor, and maintain a packet and optical multilayer network using Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) Manager. This course also covers configuration and compliance management, device configuration, and service management.

The Cisco EPN Manager is a simplified and cost-effective solution for device operation, administration, network provisioning, and network assurance management for today's converging packet and optical multilayer networks. It enables end-to-end lifecycle management across core, edge, aggregation, and access networks.


Network Operators and Administrators who need to learn how to deploy Cisco EPN Manager and perform end-to-end network management of Carrier Ethernet, optical transport, and circuit emulation over packet networks.

Skills Gained

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Recognize the Cisco EPN Manager's features
  • Access Cisco EPN Manager and understand user accounts (roles, virtual domains)
  • Navigate the Cisco EPN Manager's user interface
  • View the network inventory
  • Monitor health and performance
  • Manage alarms and events
  • Generate reports
  • Recognize the system requirements for Cisco EPN Manager, and procedures for new installations, upgrades, and high availability
  • Manage licensing
  • Configure the initial server settings and prepare the server for day-1 operations
  • Establish initial device inventory and virtual domains
  • Establish user accounts and their role-based access to EPN Manager's features and devices
  • Configure monitoring policies and alarm and event preferences
  • Manage backup and restore, data retention and purging, and software updates
  • Tune and monitor a server's performance
  • Archive, view, compare, and restore configuration files
  • Update and manage software images
  • Perform compliance audits
  • Configure devices using templates
  • Provision network services
  • Archive and restore TL1 database files
  • Update and manage optical devices' software images
  • Configure optical devices using the Detailed Device View
  • Provision optical network services


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Network management experience (polling, syslogs, IP addressing, ports, device access, credentials, Simple Network Management Protocol [SNMP], Secure Shell [SSH])
  • Basic understanding of network and device performance statistics
  • Basic understanding of network alarms and events
  • Experience with manually configuring network devices and provisioning services using a device's Command-Line Interface (CLI)
  • VMware experience with the installation of OVA files on virtual machines and/or ISO software on bare-metal machines
  • Experience with configuring optical network devices and provisioning optical circuits using either TL1 (CLI) or the Cisco Transport Controller application

Course Outline


  • Cisco EPN Manager Overview

Getting Started

  • Accessing Cisco EPN Manager
  • Lesson Summary for “Accessing Cisco EPN Manager”
  • Exploring the GUI
  • Populating the Inventory

Network Views

  • Viewing Device Inventory and Device Details
  • Viewing the Topology

Network Monitoring

  • Monitoring Dashboards
  • Monitoring Policies Overview
  • Exploring Alarms and Events
  • Taking Action on Alarms and Events
  • Exploring Reports
  • Managing Reports

System Administration

  • Pre-Installation Activities
  • Installing Cisco EPN Manager
  • Installing High Availability
  • Post-Installation Activities
  • Performing Server Setup Tasks
  • Customizing Alarm and Event Preferences
  • Managing Groups and Virtual Domains
  • Managing User Accounts


  • Backup and Restore
  • Software Updates
  • Data Retention and Purging
  • Monitor and Tune Cisco EPN Manager

Configuration Management

  • Setting Up Configuration Management
  • Using Configuration Management

Software Image Management

  • Software Image Management Basics
  • Deploying Software Images

Device Configuration

  • Cisco EPN Manager Configuration Methods
  • Configuring Devices by Using Templates
  • Creating Custom Templates

Compliance Management

  • Compliance Prerequisites
  • Compliance Policies
  • Compliance Audit and Fix Jobs

Carrier Ethernet Service Management

  • Examining Provisioning Features
  • Creating Customers and Custom Profiles
  • Provisioning a Carrier Ethernet Service
  • Verifying Services
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Services

Optical Devices, Circuits, and Services

  • Exploring Optical Provisioning Features
  • Configuring Optical Devices with Detailed Device View
  • Provisioning a Service
  • Assuring Services


  • Lab 1: Access and Navigation
  • Lab 2: Populating the Inventory
  • Lab 3: Viewing the Network
  • Lab 4: Monitoring Dashboards
  • Lab 5: Monitoring Policies
  • Lab 6: Alarms and Events
  • Lab 7: Reports
  • Lab 8: OVA Installation Video
  • Lab 9: Server Setup
  • Lab 10: Customizing Alarm Preferences
  • Lab 11: Managing Groups and Virtual Domains
  • Lab 12: User Accounts
  • Lab 13: Maintenance
  • Lab 14: Configuration Management
  • Lab 15: Software Image Management
  • Lab 16: Configuring Devices
  • Lab 17: Manage Compliance Features
  • Lab 18: CE Service Provisioning
  • Lab 19: Lifecycle Use Case
  • Lab 20: Optical Custom Profile
  • Lab 21: Provision Optical Circuits
  • Lab 22: Monitor Optical Services

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