Understanding, Configuring, and Managing Cisco 9800 series Controllers with DNAC Integration (C9800DNAC)


Course Overview

This 4-day, Hands-on Workshop on Understanding, Configuring, and Managing the 9800 series Controllers and integrating them into DNAC (Cisco Digital Network Architecture) focuses on providing participants with practical knowledge and skills to effectively deploy and operate Cisco's 9800 series Controllers within a DNAC environment, including wired and wireless networking.

The workshop begins with an overview of the Cisco 9800 series Controllers and their capabilities, highlighting the benefits of using DNAC for centralized management and automation. Participants learn about the key features and architecture of the 9800 series Controllers, including advanced capabilities such as security, and high availability.

The workshop then delves into the configuration and management aspects of the 9800 series Controllers. Participants gain hands-on experience in configuring various aspects of the 9800 Controllers, such as VLANs, security policies, WLANs, Policy, TAGS and Troubleshooting

Another major focus of the workshop is the integration of the 9800 series Controllers into DNAC. Participants explore the capabilities of DNAC for network provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting. They learn how to use DNAC's intuitive interface to deploy and manage the Controllers efficiently, ensuring consistent network policies and configurations across the infrastructure.

Throughout the workshop, participants engage in practical lab exercises and real-world scenarios to reinforce their understanding of the concepts and technologies. They also have the opportunity to troubleshoot common network issues and explore best practices for maintaining a reliable and scalable network infrastructure.

Who should attend

This is a technical course designed for Network Engineers, and Cisco Customers Sales Engineers, Enterprise Customers Field Engineers who will be implementing Cisco 9800 solution with DNAC


Course Objectives

By the end of the 4-day workshop, participants will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of configuring and managing the 9800 series Controllers within a DNAC environment. They will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively deploy, operate, and troubleshoot networks, leveraging Cisco's cutting-edge technologies for wired and wireless networking.

Outline: Understanding, Configuring, and Managing Cisco 9800 series Controllers with DNAC Integration (C9800DNAC)

Day 1:

Module 1: Introduction to Cisco 9800 Controller

  • Overview of Cisco 9800 Controller
  • Controller Models – Physical/Cloud Private and Public/Embedded
  • Design and Implementation
  • AP Models – New Models

Module 2: Cisco 9800 Controller Architecture

  • Understanding the hardware components
  • Control plane and data plane functions

Module 3: High Availability and Redundancy

  • Understanding failover and redundancy options
  • Configuring Stateful Switchover (SSO)
  • Implementing redundant port connections
  • Verifying and testing high availability setup

Module 4: Initial Configuration

  • Preparing for the initial setup
  • Connecting to the controller
  • Basic configuration steps
  • Managing administrative access

Module 5: Wireless LAN Configuration

  • IOS-XE New Configuration Model
  • Creating wireless networks (SSIDs)
  • Creating Policies
  • Best Practices with TAGS
  • Guest access and captive portal setup

Day 2:

Module 6: Device Management

  • Managing access points (APs) – Local vs Flex
  • Software upgrades and image management
  • Rolling AP Upgrades
  • Troubleshooting common AP issues

Module 7: User Authentication and Authorization

  • Integration with RADIUS servers
  • Configuring 802.1X authentication
  • Guest access using web authentication
  • Certificate-based authentication

Module 8: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Understanding controller logs and alarms
  • Configuring syslog and SNMP traps
  • Backup and Restore
  • Analysing client connectivity issues
  • Troubleshooting wireless performance problems

Module 9: Advanced Wireless Features

  • Migrating from AireOS to 9800

Day 3 - DNAC

  • Introduction to DNA
  • DNAC Architecture
  • DNAC Installation
  • DNAC Disaster Recovery
  • Software Updates – Focussing on 9800 updates
  • DNAC Workflow
  • Build an inventory of wired and wireless devices
  • Manage the Wired and Wireless Inventory including troubleshooting tools
  • Templates and Wireless Configuring within DNA
  • High Availability setup within DNAC - ISSU
  • Command Runner
  • Application Polices

Day 4 - Assurance

  • Assurance for Wired and Wireless
    • Insight using Assurance for both Wired and Wireless devices and clients
    • Using Assurance to troubleshoot both Wired and Wireless devices and clients
  • ThousandEyes Integration
  • Intelligent Capture
  • Floor Maps
  • Rouge Devices
  • AWiPS
  • Endpoint Analytics
  • Wireless
    • RF profiles and channel planning Local and DNA
    • AI RRM
  • Introduction to Cisco DNA Spaces

Prices & Delivery methods

Online Training Private

4 days

  • on request
Classroom Training Private

4 days

  • on request


Currently there are no training dates scheduled for this course.