Cisco Active Network Abstraction

Course Details
Code: CANA-v3-7
Tuition (USD): $3,750.00 • Classroom (4 days)

Cisco Active Network Abstraction (Cisco ANA) is a network management foundation for Cisco-based service provider IP networks. ANA addresses the challenge of managing converged, multiservice, and multivendor IP networks through its unique model-based virtual network abstraction. Its service-aware design supports Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Carrier Ethernet, and IP Radio Access Network (RAN)/Mobile Transport over Packet (MTOP) and extends to emerging technologies. The Cisco Active Network Abstraction (CANA) v3.7 course is a modular course that teaches students how to install, configure, customize, and effectively use the Cisco ANA product suite. The student gains understanding of the primary components of the ANA architecture; guidelines for deployment; hardware and software requirements; and the concepts, processes, and tools that allow customization of an ANA management system to meet the specific needs of the customer’s unique network. The students’ understanding is deepened by hands-on labs that include installing ANA units, gateway, and client software and utilizing the ANA applications, NetworkVision and EventVision, for network and service discovery and fault detection.

Skills Gained

  • Describe the ANA architecture, consisting of Cisco ANA gateways, ANA units, and clients.
  • Describe virtual network elements (VNEs), which are the software-based building blocks of the Cisco ANA virtual network model, each one cloning the characteristics and properties of its real-world counterpart Create network maps and build a virtual network model consisting of VNEs.
  • Describe and show how new technology support is managed by ANA, For instance CE, MToP etc.
  • Plan an ANA deployment; review hardware and software requirements.
  • Install the various ANA components.
  • Configure the VNEs.
  • Configure user accounts and ANA security features.
  • Discover and view network inventory information.
  • Visualize and monitor the physical network elements and their logical services.
  • Troubleshoot, manage, and correlate network events and faults.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot the ANA system.
  • Plan for high availability.
  • Understand the ANA registry and its inheritance and the purpose of the ANA Golden Source.
  • Create, manage, and troubleshoot ANA soft properties. Set soft properties thresholds and define threshold crossing alarms.
  • Utilize ANA command builder to create, manage, and troubleshoot custom commands.
  • Create and deploy ANA custom workflows using the workflow editor, templates, views, and user preferences.
  • Understand Inheritance and how to publish, export, and import ANA soft properties, commands, and workflows.
  • Use ANA Manage and ANA EventVision to view and manage the deployed workflows.

Who Can Benefit

This course is for network administrators and consultants who will be planning, installing, customizing, and using the Cisco ANA applications for network, service, and fault management in multivendor networks.

  • Network administrators, system administrators, and operators
  • System integrators, professional services, and consultants


  • Basic Microsoft Windows user-level knowledge
  • Basic understanding of network management concepts (Simple Network Management Protocol [SNMP], MIBs, and soon)
  • TCP/IP networking experience
  • Oracle administration knowledge
  • Solaris and UNIX system administration knowledge
  • Networking Technologies, MPLS, CE , MToP

Course Details

  • Cisco ANA Operations
  • Cisco ANA Installation and Configuration
  • Cisco ANA Customization

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: Getting Started with NetworkVision
  • Lab 2: Network Visualization
  • Lab 3: Network Element Visualization
  • Lab 4: Service Visualization
  • Lab 5: Using PathTracer
  • Lab 6: Fault Management
  • Lab 7: Preparing a Deployment Plan
  • Lab 8: Installing the ANA Gateway
  • Lab 9: Installing the ANA Unit
  • Lab 10: Installing the ANA Client (NetworkVision, Tools)
  • Lab 11: Initial ANA Configuration (ANA Manage)
  • Lab 12: Managing User Accounts/Scopes
  • Lab 13: Maintaining ANA (Logs/Updates/Patches)
  • Lab 14: ANA Soft Properties
  • Lab 15: ANA Command Builder
  • Lab 16: ANA Workflow Editor