CWAAS v6.X - Implementing and Configuring Cisco WAAS 6.x with APPNAV

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Cisco Wide-Area Application Services (CWAAS) v6.X is an instructor-led course. This course will teach learners how to design and deploy a solution using Cisco WAAS v6.X that improves application performance over the WAN while enabling infrastructure consolidation. The learner will also understand Cisco WAAS optimization technology, design considerations, network integration, and system troubleshooting aspects.


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

  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer


Module 1: Cisco Wide-Area Application Services

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco WAAS 6.23
    • Identify the performance barriers created by the WAN
    • Define how Cisco WAAS technologies help enable application delivery and infrastructure consolidation
    • Describe the centralized management features of Cisco WAAS including the new GUI interface
    • Describe the optimization technologies provided by Cisco WAAS
    • Identify the need for application-specific acceleration
    • Describe inline configuration and off-path configuration deployment options for Cisco WAVE devices and describe when to use each option
    • Describe the security features integrated into Cisco WAAS
    • Describe the functionality and positioning of Cisco vWAAS in the data center
    • Describe Cisco ISR WAAS running on 4400 Series Routers.
    • Describe the Cisco WAAS high availability features

Module 2: Cisco WAAS Installation

  • Lesson 1: Installing and Configuring the Virtual Environment
    • ESXi
      • Overview of ESXi
      • Deploying VWAAS OVAs
      • VCenter Overview
      • Creating Standard and Distributed Networks
      • Monitoring ESXi
      • Troubleshooting ESXi
    • 4400 Series Routers
      • 4400 Series Overview
      • Creating application Containers
      • Deploying ISR WAAS
      • Enabling ISR-WAAS on a Cisco ISR 4451-X Using the EZConfig Program
      • Upgrading ISR WAAS and IOS-XE
      • Downgrading ISR WAAS and IOS-XE
  • Lesson 2: Installing and Configuring Cisco VWAAS 6.23
    • Describe how to physically deploy Cisco VWAAS , within the network, to provide a simple method of network integration
    • Perform the initial installation of the designated Cisco WAVE appliance providing Cisco WAAS Central Manager functionality
    • Perform the initial installation of all Cisco WAVE appliances that are configured as accelerators

Module 3: Implementation, Integration, and Management

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco WAAS Central Management
    • Access Central Manager and describe its high-level purpose
    • Describe the device-specific configuration functions of Central Manager, including how to activate devices within a Cisco WAAS topology
    • Manage Cisco WAAS licenses
    • Configure device groups and assign devices to device groups
    • Use the Central Manager to monitor Cisco VWAASs
    • Distribute a Cisco VWAAS software image to multiple devices and control the installation of software versions using the Central Manager
    • Configure system settings using Central Manager
    • Configure users and roles to control administrative privileges
    • Configure high-availability options for Central Manager
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Application Traffic Policies
    • Describe the purpose and use of application traffic policies
    • Analyze the default application traffic policy that can be used to minimize administrative configuration tasks
    • Describe Cisco IOS features that provide prioritization and control in a Cisco WAAS network
    • Configure an application policy
    • Use policy maps to assign a classifier to an application
    • Monitor Cisco WAAS optimizations and their effectiveness using the Cisco WAVE device CLI and the Central Manager
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Cisco VWAAS Virtualization
    • Describe the purpose and use of virtualization
    • Configuring vWAAS
      • Configuring vWAAS Settings
      • Configuring vWAAS Traffic Interception
    • Identifying a vWAAS Device
      • Identifying a vWAAS Device with the WAAS CM
      • Identifying a vWAAS Device with the WAAS CLI
    • Identifying a vWAAS Model
      • Identifying a vWAAS Model with the WAAS CM
      • Identifying a vWAAS Model with the WAAS CLI
      • Displaying Version Information

Module 4 Cisco APPNAV

  • Lesson 1: APPNAV
    • Describe the Features and Benefits Of APPNAV
    • APPNAV Solutions
      • Appliance
      • WAVE Modules
      • ISR AX
    • Describe the process of Implementing APPNAV in a Cisco WAAS Environment.
    • Examine IN-Path and Off-Path Flow Distribution
    • Identify the common issues that are encountered in Cisco WAAS deployments
    • Explore APPNAV High Availability Options
  • Lesson 2: Installing APPNAV Controllers
    • Appliance
    • WAVE Modules
    • ISR AX
  • Lesson 3: APPNAV-XE Controller Configuration
    • Configuring AppNav Controller Groups
    • Configuring Service Node Groups
    • Configuring AppNav Class Maps
    • Configuring AppNav Policy Maps
    • Configuring Service Contexts
    • Enabling AppNav Interception
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring the APPNAV Controller
    • Checking the Status of the AppNav Controller
    • Checking the Membership of the AppNav Controller Group
    • Displaying Detailed Information About Service Node Groups and Service Nodes
    • Displaying Class Maps and Policy Maps
    • Displaying Service Context Information
    • Displaying Data Path Statistics
    • Displaying Alarms
  • Lesson 5: AppNav Troubleshooting-XE
    • AppNav-XE Debug Commands
    • AppNav Service Node Auto Discovery Debug Commands
    • Container Debug Commands
    • EZConfig Debug Commands
  • Lesson 6 AppNav Troubleshooting
    • In-Path (Inline) Interception
    • Off-Path (WCCP) Interception
    • Configuring and Verifying WCCP Interception on the Router
    • Network Connectivity Troubleshooting
    • Passing Through Specific Traffic
    • Disabling an Inline ANC
    • Disabling an Off-Path ANC
    • AppNav Cluster Troubleshooting
      • AppNav Alarms
      • Central Manager Monitoring
      • AppNav CLI Commands for Monitoring Cluster and Device Status
      • AppNav CLI Commands for Monitoring Flow Distribution Statistics
      • AppNav CLI Commands for Debugging Connections
      • Connection Tracing
      • AppNav Debug Logging

Module 5: Advanced Cisco WAAS Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco WAAS Traffic Interception
    • Describe how Cisco WAVEs can be deployed physically in-path within the network to provide a simple method of network integration
    • Describe how Cisco WAAS can be deployed in an off-path configuration
    • Describe how Cisco WAAS can leverage Cisco vPath in a virtualized data center environment
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Advanced Cisco WAVE Features
    • Configure Cisco WAVE network modules as accelerators
    • Configure WCCPv2 on the Cisco WAVE and on the network router or switch
    • Configure WCCPv2 load distribution
    • Verify connectivity to Cisco WAVEs and WCCPv2 communication
    • Configure Cisco WAVE interfaces

Module 6: Cisco WAAS Design

  • Lesson 1: Planning a Cisco WAAS Network Design
    • Describe the key areas of understanding that are required to adequately design a Cisco WAAS solution
    • Describe how Cisco WAAS maintains network transparency and minimizes impact to features that rely on packet header visibility
    • Describe the considerations you should be aware of prior to deploying Cisco WAAS.
    • Plan the WCCPv2 configuration to achieve design requirements
    • Describe how Cisco WAAS supports environments that encounter asymmetric routing
    • Analyze the performance and scalability characteristics of each Cisco WAVE platform and understand the positioning of each within the network infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Planning and Executing a Cisco WAAS Site Survey
    • Identify the key areas required for a Cisco WAAS site survey
    • Analyze which available interception methods is appropriate for different customer scenarios
    • Identify applications to be accelerated
    • Limit the scope of testing
    • Identify sizing information and use the sizing tool

Module 7: Cisco WAAS Application Optimizers

  • Lesson 1: Configuring CIFS Optimization
    • Analyze the need for application-specific acceleration
    • Describe the acceleration capabilities provided by Cisco WAAS for the CIFS protocol
    • Configure CIFS optimization, including SMB signing
    • Monitor CIFS optimization
    • Configure CIFS preposition
  • Lesson 2: Configuring TFO Optimization
    • Describe the need for TFO application-specific acceleration
    • Configure Cisco WAAS TFO optimization
  • Lesson 3: Configuring SSL and Optimization
    • Configure Cisco WAAS SSL optimization
  • Lesson 4: Configuring MS-port-mapper Optimization
  • Lesson 5: Configuring ica Optimization
  • Lesson 6: Configuring mapi Optimization
  • Lesson 7: Configuring NFS Optimization
  • Lesson 8: Configuring Video Optimization

Module 8: Cisco WAAS Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Introduction
    • Describe the process of troubleshooting Cisco WAAS
    • Identify the common issues that are encountered in Cisco WAAS deployments
    • Introduce the troubleshooting utility in the Cisco WAAS Central Manager
    • Troubleshoot disk configuration of Cisco appliances used in a Cisco WAAS deployment
    • Validate Cisco WAVE platform liveliness and connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Cisco WAAS management services
    • Describe Cisco WAVE reporting and notification capabilities
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Network Interception
    • Describe the process of troubleshooting network interception
    • Troubleshoot inline interception
    • Troubleshoot WCCPv2 interception
    • Troubleshoot egress methods
    • Troubleshoot autodiscovery
  • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting WAN Optimization
    • Describe the process of troubleshooting WAN optimization
    • Examine the policy applied to a flow, the configured policy, and the negotiated policy
    • Examine optimized and pass through connections on the Cisco WAVE
    • Interpret TFO transaction logs
    • Examine compression statistics and troubleshoot compression
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cisco vWAAS
    • Describe the process of troubleshooting Cisco vWAAS
    • Troubleshoot Cisco vWAAS
  • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco WAAS Express
    • Troubleshoot the Cisco WAAS Express solution
    • Monitor the Cisco WAAS Express server

Module 9 Advanced Implementation of CWAAS

  • Lesson 1 WCCP and load balancing 5.x
    • WAAS Network Deployment ? Inline
    • WAAS Network Deployment - Serial Inline HA Cluster
    • WAAS Network Deployment - Off-path Interception
    • WAAS Network Deployment - WCCP Functions
    • WCCP - Redirect, Return and Egress Methods
    • WCCP - Platform OS Recommendations
    • WCCP ? Configuration Best Practices
    • WCCP ? Hash / Mask

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: Installing the Central Manager
  • Lab 2: Installing and Configuring Cisco VWAAS
  • Lab 3: Installing and Configuring Cisco ISR-WAAS
  • Lab 4: Configuring Cisco APPNAV
  • Lab 5: Configure WAAS Central Manager
  • Lab 5: Configure WCCP
  • Lab 6: Configure and Optimize - Application Optimizers
  • Lab 7: Monitoring Cisco WAAS and APPNAV
  • Lab 8: Reporting on Cisco WAAS and APPNAV
  • Lab 9: Troubleshoot Cisco ISR-WAAS and VWAAS