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Introduction to SD-Access and Cisco Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center)

Introduction to Cisco SD-Access and Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center) offer Ciscos next-generation programmable digital network to help automate common network access security features and...

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$2,495 USD
Course Code SDAINT-NTO
Duration 2 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

Introduction to Cisco SD-Access and Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center) offer Ciscos next-generation programmable digital network to help automate common network access security features and streamline the redundant, complex configuration required to allow different groups of users access to the network infrastructure. This 2-day network security training course allows network administrators to quickly allow differentiated access for end users on the network while allowing the network to react automatically to day zero and other types of attacks using integration with Cisco ISE for Policy Enforcement with Cisco Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center). The course qualified for 21 Cisco Continuing Education Credits (CE).

Skills Gained

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

  • Know and understand Ciscos SD-Access concepts, features, benefits, terminology and the way this approach innovates common administrative tasks on todays networks.
  • Differentiate and explain each of the building blocks of SD-Access Solution
  • Explain the concept of Fabric and the different node types that conform it (Fabric Edge Nodes, Control Plane Nodes, Border Nodes)
  • Describe the role of LISP in Control Plane and VXLAN in Data Plane for SD-Access Solution
  • Understand the role of Catalyst Center (formerly DNAC) as the solution orchestrator and Intelligent GUI
  • Be familiar with workflow approach in Catalyst Center and its 4 Steps: Design, Policy, Provision and Assurance

Who Can Benefit

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Anyone interested in knowing about Catalyst/DNA Center and SD-Access
  • Personnel involved in SD-Access Design and Implementation
  • Network Operations team with SD-Access solution
  • Network admin staff that deal with User Access
  • Channel Partner SEs and other sales support
  • Network Access Control administration
  • Network Administrators
  • Network Architects
  • Network Engineers


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

  • Knowledge level equivalent to Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Basic knowledge of Software Defined Networks
  • Basic knowledge and experience with Cisco IOS, IOS XE and CLI

Course Details

Module 1: Introduction to Ciscos Software Defined Access (SD-Access)

  • Software Defined Access (SDA) Overview
  • SD-Access Benefits
  • SD-Access Key Concepts
  • SD-Access Main ComponentsCatalyst Center (DNA Controller)NDP (Analytics and Assurance)

Module 2: SD-Access Campus Fabric

  • SD-Access Campus Fabric Overview
  • Key Components1. Control Plane Based on LISP2. Data Plane Based on VXLAN3. Policy Plane Based on CTS
  • Cisco SD-Access Platform SupportFabric Edge NodeFabric Control PlaneFabric Border NodeFabric Extended Node
  • Fabric-Enabled WLAN
  • Cisco SD-Access Scaling Considerations

Module 3: Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center) and Workflow for SD-Access

  • Cisco Catalyst Center (formerly DNA Center) Automation Overview
  • Workflow for SD-Access in Catalyst Center
  • Integration with Cisco ISE for Policy Enforcement
  • Integration with Cisco NDP for Analytics and Assurance

Module 4: Catalyst/DNA Center Workflow First Step Design

  • Catalyst Center Workflow Design Overview
  • Creating Enterprise and Sites Hierarchy
  • Discuss and Demonstrate General Network Settings
  • Loading Maps into the GUI
  • IP Address Administration
  • Administering Software Images
  • Network Device Profiles
  • Underlay Automation
  • Network Planning
  • Underlay Network Design

Module 5: Catalyst/DNA Center Workflow Second Step Policy

  • Cisco Catalyst/DNA Center Policy Overview
  • 2-Level HierarchyMacro Level: Virtual Network (VN)Micro Level: Scalable Groups (SG)
  • Policy TypesAccess PolicyAccess Control PolicyTraffic Copy PolicyAccess Controls Based on Group-Based Policies
  • ISE Integration with Catalyst/DNA Center
  • Cross Domain Policies

Module 6: Catalyst/DNA Center Workflow Third Step Provision

  • Provision Overview
  • Device Onboarding
  • Underlay Network Provisioning
  • Fabric Domains
  • Adding Nodes

Module 7: DNA Center Workflow Fourth Step Assurance

  • Introduction to Analytics
  • NDP Fundamentals
  • Overview of DNA Assurance
  • Assurance within SD-Access
  • Assurance Use Cases
  • DNA Center Assurance Dashboard
  • Understand Assurance Health Scores

Module 8: Implementing WLAN in SD-Access Solution

  • WLAN Integration Strategies in SD-Access Fabric
  • SD-Access Wireless Architecture
  • Sample Design for SD-Access WirelessGuest Design Options

Module 9: Campus Fabric External Connectivity for SD-Access

  • Enterprise Sample Topology for SD-Access
  • Cisco SD-Access BorderSD-Access BorderSD-Access Default Border
  • Single Border vs. Multiple Border Designs
  • Collocated vs. Distributed Border and Control Plane NodesUse Case 1: Border with Collocated Control Plane NodeUse Case 2: Border with Distributed Control Plane NodeFiaB Deployment
  • Cisco SD-Access Distributed Campus

Lab Outline: Lab 0: Access the NterOne Lab Lab 1: Integrate Cisco ISE with Cisco Catalyst/DNA Center Lab 2: Navigate Cisco Catalyst/DNA Center Lab : Discover the SD-Access Underlay Lab 4: Cisco Catalyst/DNA Center Design Lab 5: Catalyst/DNA Center Policies Lab 6: Catalyst/DNA Center Provisioning and Onboarding

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