DNAIE v2.0 - Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials

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Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) v2.0 is a training program that provides students an insight into Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) architecture and its solution components. The course highlights the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of DNA.

The course focuses on implementation of the following DNA solution components:

  • Automation using Cisco APIC-EM and its built in applications like Plug and Play, EasyQoS, IWAN and Path Trace.
  • Virtualization in Enterprise Branch Network using Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solution.
  • Analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) cloud.
  • Security using Cisco StealthWatch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine(ISE)
  • Enterprise Network Fabric.

The DNAIE course also provides hands-on-labs to demonstrate DNA automation using Cisco APIC-EM and virtualization using Cisco NFV.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the Digital Network Architecture solution by describing the vision, strategy, general concepts and components of it.
  • Implement network automation using Cisco APIC-EM and the built-in applications like Network Plug and Play, EasyQoS, IWAN and Path Trace.
  • Implement network virtualization using Cisco Network Function Virtualization in Enterprise branch network.
  • Implement network analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) cloud.
  • Implement network security using Cisco StealthWatch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine(ISE).


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

  • Foundational understanding of network design.
  • Foundational understanding of network routing operations.
  • Foundational understanding of network QoS operations.
  • Foundational understanding of network security operations.
  • Understanding of CDP, LLDP.
  • Understanding of DHCP, DNS, NTP and SNMP.
  • Understanding of TCP protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, telnet.
  • Understanding of routing concepts and also be able to configure routing protocols like EIGRP, OSPF.
  • Understanding of Enterprise WAN and DMVPN.
  • Understanding of firewall operations (especially transparent mode).
  • Basic understanding of Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
  • Basic understanding of KVM Virtualization (i.e. Linux virtualization).
  • Basic understanding of programming concepts.
  • Basic understanding of SDN, Northbound APIs , Southbound API and REST API.Understanding of WLAN parameters.
  • Basic Understanding of WLC and AP capabilities in WLC.Understanding of Power over Ethernet (PoE) in Cisco switches.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced network engineers working for Enterprise customers who are early adopters of Cisco?s Digital Network Architecture
  • Channel Partner Field Engineers who are supporting trials and early deployments of DNA


Module 1: Identifying the Role of the Digital Network Architecture in the Contemporary Network

Lesson 1: Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Vision

Lesson 2: Identifying the Digital Network Architecture Solution Components

Lesson 3: Identifying the Role of Automation and Orchestration Controllers in DNA


Module 2: Implementing DNA Automation in the Core Network

Lesson 1: Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks

Lesson 2: Implementing Cisco Plug and Play Solution

Lesson 3: Implementing an EasyQoS Solution

Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco Intelligent WAN Solution

Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Using Path Trace Application

Lesson 6: Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization

Lesson 7: Implementing Network Programmability in a DNA Architecture


Module 3: Implementing Network Analytics in Cisco DNA

Lesson 1: What Is Network Analytics in Cisco DNA?

Lesson 2: DNA Analytics Architecture

Lesson 3: DNA Analytics Proof Points

Lesson 4: Network Data Platform Architecture

Lesson 5: CMX On Premise

Lesson 6: Context-Aware Services Architecture

Lesson 7: CMX Connect

Lesson 8: Cisco CMX Analytics

Lesson 9: CMX API

Lesson 10: Cisco CMX Configuration


Module 4: Implementing Security in a DNA Network

Lesson 1: Pervasive Security

Lesson 2: Introduction to NetFlow

Lesson 3: Introduction to Cisco Stealthwatch

Lesson 4: Introduction to Cisco ISE

Lesson 5: Integrating Security Tools


Module 5: Implementing the Enterprise Network Fabric in the DNA Architecture

Lesson 1: Understanding the Enterprise Fabric

Lesson 2: Implementing DNA Secure Access


Lab Outline

Lab 1: Introducing APIC-EM GUI: Network,Device and Topology Lab using Cisco APICEM

Lab 2: Implementing Network Plug and Play using Cisco APIC-EM.

Lab 3: Implementing EasyQoS using Cisco APIC-EM

Lab 4: Site Provisioning and Monitoring using Cisco IWAN Application

Lab 5: Troubleshooting using PathTrace Application on Cisco APIC-EM

Lab 6: Site Provisioning with NFVIS on Cisco UCS C220 M3 Server Using Orchestration, Automation and Management (OAM) Servers

Lab 7: Initial Switch and WLC Configuration for Cisco CMX

Lab 8: Adding Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Lab 9: Continuing to Add Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Lab 10: Exporting Maps from Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Lab 11: Performing the Initial Configuration of CMX

Lab 12: Using the System Settings Menu to Configure Cisco CMX

Lab 13: Adding Outline Wall to CMX Floor Plan Maps

Lab 14: Using Detect and Connect

Lab 15: Continuing to Customize Detect and Locate in CMX

Lab 16: Working with Analytics in Cisco CMX

Lab 17: Working with Customized Reports in the Analytics Service

Lab 18: Continuing to Add Widgets to a Customized Report in CMX

Lab 19: Visualizing flows on SMC

Lab 20: Segmentation Policy Enforcement

Lab 21: ISE and SMC Integration for Mitigation