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Administering Cisco DNA Spaces

Cisco DNA Spaces helps resolve physical-space blind spots inside an organization. Through Cisco wireless infrastructure, organizations can gain insights into how people and things move throughout...

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$3,395 USD
Course Code DNASPA-NTO
Duration 3 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

Cisco DNA Spaces helps resolve physical-space blind spots inside an organization. Through Cisco wireless infrastructure, organizations can gain insights into how people and things move throughout their physical spaces. Based on these insights, organizations can drive operational efficiencies by monitoring and managing the location, movement, and utilization of assets. This course enables learners how to use DNA Spaces to drive operational efficiency across environment types. Learners will understand use-cases and obtain the ability to identify procedures and applications when implementing and operating DNA spaces that are getting back to business or business as usual. This course covers both basic and advanced operational elements of DNA Spaces while considering Data Analytics in the context of DNA Spaces. You will perform a hands-on deep-dive into the solution and perform on-boarding of wireless infrastructure. Subsequently, you will configure the DNA Spaces solution both tactically and strategically. This will include elements such as behavioral metrics, location analytics, captive portals, profiling, customer engagements, Internet of Things, asset identification and management, and API interfaces for streaming and notifications. You will also explore DNA Spaces App Center and IoT Device Marketplace. The course qualifies for 18 Cisco Continuing Education Credits (CE).

Skills Gained

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Understand DNA Spaces benefits
  • Use DNA Spaces in three phases
  • Explore the DNA Spaces security features in the context of data compliance
  • Analyze DNA Spaces components, architectures, and use cases
  • Consider DNA Spaces migration options
  • Analyze data provided by DNA Spaces
  • Discuss the DNA Spaces indoor Internet of Things (IoT) service and its use cases
  • Explore Open Roaming
  • Configure DNA Spaces onboarding
  • Configure and demonstrate DNA Spaces IoT Services
  • Configure DNA Spaces profiles, engagements, and triggers
  • Configure a captive portal
  • Perform API calls to DNA Spaces

Who Can Benefit

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • System Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Technical Managers
  • System Administrators
  • System Architects
  • Technical Decision Makers


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

  • Basic knowledge of networking concepts.
  • Basic knowledge of Wi-Fi concepts.
  • Basic knowledge of computer security.

Course Details

Section 1 DNA Spaces Solutions Overview

  • Introduction What is DNA Spaces?Resolution of physical-space blind spot to better understand behavior and location of people and things
  • Operationalizing DNA SpacesProviding Data Analytics for Business IntelligenceOperational Efficiency and productivityImprove customer experienceUnderstand behavior and monetizationOnboarding to provide customer acquisition and loyaltyEnhance IT productivity

Section 2 DNA Spaces Use Cases

  • Example Use Cases by VerticalRetailHealthcareCarpeted EnterprisesEducationHospitalityManufacturingEducation
  • Back-to-Business Observations, recommendations, and applications specific to safe Covid-19 reopening

Section 3 SEE-EXTEND-ACT: Three-phased approach to extract maximum value from your Cisco wireless infrastructure.

  • SEE-EXTEND-ACTOverview
  • SEE whats happening at your propertiesBehavior MetricsRight NowCamera metricsOpen roamingLocation AnalyticsDetect and LocateImpact Analysis
  • EXTEND platform capabilities and drive business outcomesHigh-performance streaming API (Firehose)DashboardNative integration into enterprise softwareApps Center for industry-specific solutions
  • ACT on insights with digitization toolkitsInternet of Things (IoT)Captive PortalLocation PersonasEngagementsAsset LocatorProximity reporting

Section 4 DNA Spaces and Data Compliance

  • Protecting data at rest and in transit
  • Data Security Law compliance

Section 5 Architecture Overview and Location Compute Models

  • Supported TopologiesOn-premise Direct-ConnectOn-premise Cloud-enabled Connected Mobility ExperienceDNA Spaces ConnectorMeraki
  • Compute Model On-Premise
  • Compute Model Cloud
  • Migrating from Connected Mobility Experience/Mobility Services Engine (CMX/MSE) to DNA SpacesWhy Migrate to DNA Spaces?Migration Options OverviewMigration Option 1 Keep AireOS WLC and PI on-premiseMigration Option 2 Keep only AireOS WLC on-premiseMigration Option 3 Keep only Prime on-premiseMigration Option 4 Full stack migration
  • DNA Spaces Ports, Protocols, and Data Flows

Section 6 Getting started with DNA Spaces: Onboarding

  • Account Creation
  • Connecting to DNA Spaces and Network OnboardingConnecting to DNA Spaces IntroductionCisco Wireless ConnectorsMeraki Connector
  • Configuring LocationsLocation Hierarchy - IntroductionLocation Hierarchy Creation Automated Map ImportLocation Hierarchy Creation Manual ConfigurationLocation Hierarchy Configuration Best Practices

Section 7 Advanced Topics

  • Open RoamingProblem StatementThe PlayersOn-BoardingConfiguration
  • Indoor Internet of Things (IoT)Indoor IoT ProblemsIndoor IoT Solutions with DNA SpacesIndoor IoT ComponentsIndoor IoT Gateway TypesIndoor IoT Control FlowsIndoor IoT ConfigurationConfigure Asset Management using IoT device
  • DNA Spaces APIs and FirehoseAPI configurationSLA and monitoringFirehose configuration (streaming data support)
  • DNA Spaces App Center
  • Extend location data into enterprise software platforms
  • Review enterprise application

Section 8 DNA Spaces and Data Analytics

  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Data analytics review mathematical, probability, and statistical functions
  • Introduction to graphical functions and data structures to represent data
  • Extracting data using DNA Spaces APIs
  • Proposed use cases:Determining physical location density based on telemetry dataBuild and index people proximity in a given space using dynamic clusteringPredicting when a spaces capacity limits will be reached telemetry dataCalculation of dynamic proximity coefficient. Example: x number of people crowded around a moving crane. Currently this is done using RFID tags with maximum distance of 15 meters within 3 meters of precision

Lab Outline: Lab 1: Configure DNA Spaces Connector

  • Step 1: Log in to DNA Spaces Account
  • Step 2: Configure Spaces connector
  • Step 3: View the token
  • Step 4: Log in to On-premise Connector and verify settings
  • Step 5: Configure Token
  • Step 6: View Connector Status On-premise
  • Step 7: View Connector Status in Cloud Account

Lab 2: Add Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Step 1: Add Controllers
  • Step 2: Check WLC Connectivity on the Connector
  • Step 3: Check status on the WLC

Lab 3: Maps and Location Hierarchy

  • Step 1: Configure or Export Maps from Cisco Prime
  • Step 2: Upload Maps in DNA Spaces
  • Step 3: View the Location Hierarchy
  • Step 4: Add META Data about the site
  • Step 5: Enter Location Details
  • Step 6: Add Zone
  • Step 7: Select Access Points for Zone
  • Step 8: View the updated Location Hierarchy

Lab 4: Location Analytics

  • Step 1: Navigate to Location Analytics
  • Step 2: View the different Analytics
  • Step 3: Apply Filters

Lab 5: Captive Portal Setup

  • Step 1: Captive Portal Setup
  • Step 2: Select Authentication
  • Step 3: Select Email
  • Step 3: Enable Data Capture
  • Step 4: Review User Agreements
  • Step 5: Portal Editor
  • Step 6: Verify Portal Created
  • Step 7: Configure SSID
  • Step 8: Captive Portal Rule Creation
  • Step 9: Provide Rules
  • Step 10: Portal Status
  • Step 11: Setting up WLAN on the WLC
  • Step 12: Connect your gadgets

Lab 6: Location Personas

  • Step 1: Setting up Visitor and Employee Personas
  • Step 2: Viewing Configured Personas

Lab 7: Engagement Rules

  • Step 1: Setting up Engagement Rules with Personas
  • Step 2: View Visitor Engagement Metrics

Lab 8: Add IoT Services

  • Step 1: Configure AP Gateway
  • Step 2: Deploy IoT Devices and/or sensors
  • Step 3: Configure and enable IoT Streams
  • Step 4: Configure Access Point as Beacon or Gateway
  • Step 5: Troubleshoot
  • Step 6: Monitor

Lab 9: REST API Query

  • Step 1: Go to Detect & Locate App
  • Step 2: Navigate to Notifications
  • Step 3: Get the API Keys
  • Step 4: Get Postman App
  • Step 5: Open the application and create a new request
  • Step 6: Create Request
  • Step 7: Prepare the query
  • Step 8: Submit/Send the query
  • Step 7: Prepare the query
  • Step 8: Submit/Send the query
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