DNAC Activation and Assurance (DNACAA)


Course Overview

This is a 4-day instructor led workshop aimed at Cisco partners and customers who are/have deployed Cisco DNA Center. This class will help enable Cisco DNA Center adoption in a brownfield environment utilizing Assurance as a feature to manage and troubleshooting both a wired and wireless environment, followed by migrating to Software Defined Access for both Wired and Wireless.

This workshop will be a mix of theory (30%) and labs (70%) and is aimed at a technical audience.

The DNACAA course is part of Cisco Black Belt Academy Aligned Content: Enterprise - Cisco DNA Deployment Stage 2.

Course Content

The course leads you into detailed coverage of using DNA Center in a brownfield environment with Assurance its components and implementation as well as supported architectures and migration paths to SDA.

Who should attend

  • Cisco Customers
  • Sales Engineers
  • Enterprise Customers
  • Field Engineers


  • Attendees should have prior knowledge of Routing, Switching and Wireless.
  • As this course is part of Cisco Black Belt Academy Aligned Content, attendees should also complete Black Belt Cisco DNA Deployment Stage 1.

Course Objectives

  • Describe and Implement the need for DNAC in a Brownfield environment
  • Visibility and Troubleshoot with Assurance
  • Describe and Implement the need for a new networking model
  • Describe the Cisco Software-Defined Access solution, its components and features
  • Describe and Implement Cisco DNA Center as the management solution for the new architecture
  • Implement a Wired SDA Infrastructure
  • Implement a Wireless SDA Infrastructure
  • Implement ETA with Stealthwatch

Outline: DNAC Activation and Assurance (DNACAA)

Day 1- Introduction to DNA

  • Introduction to DNA
  • Advantages of Cisco DNA Center without SDA
  • Setup Prerequisites for a brownfield site
  • Software Updates
  • Network Hierarchy
  • Build an inventory of wired and wireless devices for a brownfield environment
  • Manage the Inventory
  • Automating Image Management
  • Command Runner
  • Templates
  • Topology
  • Application Polices

Day 1 - Labs

  • Create sites and building in the Cisco DNA Center
  • Configure Network Settings
  • Discover Network Devices – wired and wireless
  • Place APS on the floor
  • Verify the Topology
  • Command Runner
  • Template Editor
  • Verify wireless and wired client connectivity

Day 2 - Assurance and SDA Migration

  • Assurance for Wired and Wireless
  • Wireless as a Sensor
  • Intelligent Capture
  • Prime vs Cisco DNA Center
  • Trustworthy Systems
  • Network Design for SD Access
  • Migration strategy to SD Access:
  • Architecture
  • Underlay network Design
  • Overlay Fabric Design
  • Design Sizing Considerations

Day 2 - Labs

  • Assurance for Wired and Wireless
  • Setup wireless sensors integration with Assurance
  • Setup intelligent capture integration with Assurance
  • Walk through Troubleshooting with Assurance
  • Preparing the Underlay Network for SDA
  • Preparing the Overlay

Day 3 – SD-Access Wired

  • Controller Fundamentals
  • ISE and DNAC Integration
  • Understanding Virtual Networks and SGTs in SD Access
  • Policy Enforcement
  • Cisco TrustSec Segmentation
  • SDA Borders
  • Wired SDA Implementation
  • Troubleshooting Wired SDA Access with Assurance

Day 3 - Labs

  • Creating IP Pools
  • Create and Manage Fabric
  • Adding Devices to the Fabric
  • SDA Access Network Administration
  • SDA Policy Administration

Day 4 – SD-Access Wireless

  • SD Access Wireless Architecture and Solution Components
  • SD Access Wireless Protocols and Communication Interfaces
  • Designing Wireless Integration in SD Acess
  • SD Access Wireless Guest Access Design
  • High Availability in SD Access Wireless
  • Troubleshooting Wireless SDA Access with Assurance
  • Stealthwatch with ETA

Day - 4 Labs

  • Provision the WLC to the SD-Access FABRIC
  • DNA Center to Provision SSID
  • Guest Access
  • Stealthwatch with ETA

Prices & Delivery methods

Online Training

4 days

  • Online Training: CAD 5,410
  • Online Training: US$ 4,100
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 38
Classroom Training

4 days

  • Canada: CAD 5,410
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 38

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