Cisco Digital Network Architecture Installation & Configuration

Cisco DNA Arhitecture Installation and Configuration is a 4-day course that goes through all the theory, all the components, all the connections and all the configurations that are needed to get Cisco DNA -based SD-Access network up and running.

Course participants are divided into groups of two and each group will have a full-blown network containing DNA Center, ISE, WLC, Border Node, Control Plane Node, DDI server, two sites with both Fabric Edge Node and Fabric Enabled AP and enough client devices for testing. This is the most detailed, most comprehensive course that there is related to this new Cisco technology.

For this course we can take max 8 participants.

1. Recap of the DNA Architecture components and techniques

  • Why are we here?
  • Fabric
  • Components of the fabric
  • Technologies in the fabric

2. Building the Underlay

  • Underlay configuration – WAN network
  • Configuring addressing
  • Configuring routing
  • Configuring additional elements
  • Verification of the underlay configuration

Lab: Configure Underlay network

  • Routing configuration          
  • Additional configuration
  • Verification 

3. DNA Center installation and initial configuration

  • DNA Center installation guidelines
  • DNA Center initial configuration via GUI
  • DNA Center settings
  • Mandatory and optional integrations

Lab: Create initial DNA Center configuration and integration

  • Installing certificate to DNA Center             
  • Creating ISE integration      
  • Creating Infoblox DDI integration                 
  • Other DNAC basic configuration                   
  • Checking DNA Center installation / internal operation     

4. Creating the Fabric

  • DNA Center network design
  • Device inventory
  • Device discovery
  • Plug and Play
  • Templates
  • Fabric creation

Lab: Defining physical site structure

  • Physical site structure          
  • Parameters for our topology                         
  • Device credentials                 

Lab: Creating the Fabric          

  • Discover devices                    
  • Using inventory and assigning devices       
  • Using PnP to provision a device - Prepare DHCP server   
  • Using PnP to provision a device - Configure a Template  
  • Using PnP to provision a device - Create a Profile               
  • Using PnP to provision a device - PnP         
  • Using PnP to provision a device - Testing the setup           
  • Assigning the rest of the devices                  
  • Creating and configuring the fabric             

5. Defining macrosegmentation

  • Segmentation in Fabric – recap
  • Creating VN based segmentation
  • Address pools
  • VN creation
  • Host Onboarding
  • DHCP flow
  • Using ISE for 802.1x
  • Basic Fabric (LISP) troubleshooting

Lab: Defining macrosegmentation                  

  • Joining Microsoft AD
  • Create IP Pools in Infoblox and populate them to DNAC  
  • Define Virtual Network in DNAC                   
  • Configure host onboarding
  • Configure external connection for the Virtual Network   
  • Static attachment of a user to a Virtual Network               
  • Dynamic attachment of a user to a Virtual Network         
  • Investigating things under the hood (optional task, if time allows)           

6. Defining microsegmentation

  • VN creation
  • ISE and SGT allocation
  • Traffic between SGTs
  • Basic troubleshooting commands

Lab: Defining microsegmentation

  • Create new groups for microsegmentation
  • Create and configure VN for microsegmentation
  • Configure ISE for microsegmentation
  • Traffic contracts

7. Fabric Wireless

  • Fabric wireless basics
  • Data flow
  • Initializing Fabric wireless
  • Configuring basic wireless settings
  • Onboarding WLC and APs
  • Address pools

Lab:WLC initial configuration                           

  • Defining IP addressing            
  • Attach the pool to Infra_VN 
  • Create wireless profiles          
  • Discover and provision WLC  
  • Provisioning the APs                
  • Assign pool to AP                      
  • Preparing ISE for wireless clients                     
  • Testing client connection       

8. DNAC Assurance

  • What is Assurance?
  • Assurance basic terminology
  • Assurance configuration guidelines
  • Configuring reports
  • Examples of Assurance information

Lab: Integrate ISE and DNAC Assurance

  • Configure additional collectors                         
  • Configure telemetry                
  • Seeing assurance results        

9. Miscellanous issues

  • Software image maintenance
  • License ”studio”
  • Command runner
  • DNA Center Platform
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