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EPNM100: Configuring and Operating Cisco EPN Manager (EPNM100) v3.0

The Configuring and Operating Cisco EPN Manager (EPNM100) v3.0 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.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student 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


Course Content


  • Service Provider Market Trends
  • 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
  • Setting Up Configuration Management
  • Using Configuration Management
  • Configuring Optical Devices with Detailed Device View
  • Creating Customers and Custom Profiles
  • Provisioning a Service
  • Assuring Services
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Services

Lab outline

  • Access and Navigation
  • Populating the Inventory
  • Viewing the Network
  • Monitoring Dashboards
  • Monitoring Policies
  • Alarms and Events
  • Reports
  • OVA Installation Video
  • Server Setup
  • Customizing Alarm Preferences
  • Managing Groups and Virtual Domains
  • User Accounts
  • Maintenance
  • Configuration Management
  • Software Image Management
  • Configuring Devices
  • Manage Compliance Features
  • CE Service Provisioning
  • Lifecycle Use Case
  • Optical Custom Profile
  • Provision Optical Circuits
  • Monitor Optical Services

Target Audience

  • Network operators
  • Network administrators
  • Optical network administrators
  • System administrators
  • System integrators and professional services
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Course Duration


Suggested Pre-requisites

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

To benefit fully from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • 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

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