Cisco Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE)

Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) v2.0 is a training program that provides students an insight into Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) architecture and its solution components. The course highlights the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of DNA.

The course focuses on implementation of the following DNA solution components:

-Automation using Cisco APIC-EM and its built in applications like Plug and Play, EasyQoS, IWAN and Path Trace.
-Virtualization in Enterprise Branch Network using Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Solution.
-Analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) cloud.
-Security using Cisco Stealth Watch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine(ISE) Enterprise Network Fabric.
-The DNAIE course also provides hands – on – labs to demonstrate DNA automation using Cisco

APIC EM and virtualization using Cisco NFV.

DNAIE 2.0 course consists of the following updates:

Implementing Cisco SD- Access Solution in Campus Network — The new section introduces the Cisco SD Access solution and its implementation in the campus network. It first describes the role of SD-Access in Cisco DNA. It covers the solution at a high-level, including SD-Access fabric key concepts, fabric roles and terminology, fabric fundamentals (including basics of LISP, VXLAN and Cisco TrustSec) and Controller fundamentals including basics of APIC-EM, ISE, NDP and the new Cisco DNA Center. The section also covers an overview of applications including Design, Policy and Provision on DNA Center to automate the campus fabric.

Cisco ENCS – The section on Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization has been updated with an addition of supported hardware platform ENCS which is a compute appliance designed for the Cisco NFV solution. It includes a deep dive into Cisco ENCS 5400 series with major hardware components and internal networking. Also, it gives an overview of ENCS single WAN IP deployment options scenarios.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify the Digital Network Architecture solution by describing the vision, strategy, general concepts and components of it.
  • Implement network automation using Cisco APIC – EM and the built – in application s like Network Plug and Play, Easy QoS, IWAN and Path Trace.
  • Implement network virtualization using Cisco Network Function Virtualization in Enterprise branch network.
  • Implement network analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) cloud.
  • Implement network security using Cisco Stealth Watch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Target Audience

  • Experienced network engineers working for Enterprise customers who are early adopters of Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture.
  • Channel Partner Field Engineers who are supporting trials and early deployments of DNA

Suggested Pre-requisites

The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Foundational understanding of network design
  • Foundational understanding of  network routing operations
  • Foundational understanding of network Qos operations
  • Foundational understanding of network security operations
  • Understanding of CDP, LLDP, DHCP, DNS, NTP, and SNMP
  • Understanding of TCP protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, and telnet
  • Understanding of routing concepts and also be able to configure routing protocols like EIRGP and OSPF
  • Understanding of Enterprise WAN and DMVPN
  • Understanding of firewall operation (especially transparent mode)
  • Basic understanding of Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Basic understanding of KVM Virtualization
  • Basic understanding of programming concepts
  • Basic understanding of SDN, Northbound APIs, Southbound API and REST API
  • Understanding of WLAM parameters
  • Basic understanding of WLC and AP capabilities in WLC
  • Understanding of Power over Ethernet (PoE) in Cisco Switch


5 days

Course Content

  • Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Vision
  • Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Solution Components
  • Identifying the Role of Automation and Orchestration Controllers in Cisco DNA
  • Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks
  • Implementing Cisco Plug and Play Solution
  • Implementing Cisco EasyQoS Solution
  • Implementing Cisco Intelligent WAN Solution
  • Troubleshooting Using Cisco APIC-EM Path Trace Application
  • Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization
  • Implementing Network Programmability in a DNA Architecture
  • What Is Network Analytics in Cisco DNA?
  • Cisco DNA Analytics Architecture
  • Cisco DNA Analytics Proof Points
  • Cisco Network Data Platform Architecture
  • CMX on Premise
  • Context-Aware Service Architecture
  • Cisco CMX Connect
  • Cisco CMX Analytics
  • Cisco CMX API
  • Cisco CMX Configuration
  • Cisco CMX Cloud
  • Pervasive Security
  • Introduction to NetFlow
  • Introduction to Cisco Stealthwatch
  • Introduction to Cisco ISE
  • Integrating Security Tools
  • Implementing Cisco Software-Defined Access in Campus Network

 Lab Details

  • Introducing Cisco APIC-EM GUI- Network, Device and Topology Discovery Using APIC-EM
  • Implementing Cisco Network Plug and Play Solution Using Cisco APIC-EM
  • Implementing EasyQoS Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
  • Site Provisioning and Monitoring Using Cisco IWAN Application
  • Troubleshooting Using Cisco APIC-EM Path Trace Applications
  • Site Provisioning with NFVIS on Cisco UCS C220 M3 Server Using OAM Servers
  • Initial Switch and WLC Configuration for Cisco CMX
  • Adding Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Continuing to Add Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • AP Placement and Orientation
  • Exporting Maps from Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Performing the Initial Configuration of CMX
  • Using the System Settings Menu to Configure Cisco CMX
  • Adding Outline Wall to CMX Floor Plan Maps
  • Using Detect and Connect
  • Continuing to Customize Detect and Locate in CMX
  • Working with Analytics in Cisco CMX
  • Working with Customized Reports in the Analytics Service
  • Continuing to Add Widgets to a Customized Report in CMX
  • Initial Portal Creation in Connect and Engage
  • Adding and Deleting an Element and Adding a Background Image to the Portal Template
  • Customizing Text and Registration Elements in the Portal Template
  • Exploring the Background Image, Themes, and Languages in the Portal Template
  • Login to the CMX Portal
  • Configuring an ACL in the WLC for Use with CMX Cloud
  • Configuring the WLAN and Security in the WLC to Support CMX Cloud
  • Create a Presence Site in CMX Cloud
  • Connecting a Client to the Wi-Fi Network
  • Working with Presence Analytics and Connect and Engage
  • Using the Manage Function in CMX Cloud
  • Meraki Integration with CMX Cloud