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Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions

  • Course Code ENSDWI
  • Duration 5 days
  • Version 3.0

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This course is available in the following formats:

  • Company Event

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  • Virtual Learning

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Course Overview


Learn how to design, deploy, configure and manage your Cisco® Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution in a large-scale live network, including how to migrate from legacy WAN to SD-WAN. You will learn best practices for configuring routing protocols in the data center and the branch, as well as how to implement advanced control, data, and application-aware policies.

The course also covers SD-WAN deployment and migration options, placement of controllers, how to deploy WAN Edge devices, and how to configure Direct Internet Access (DIA) breakout, and how to deploy a Multi-Region Cisco SD-WAN fabric. You will also learn about the various Application Quality of Experience (AppQoE) traffic optimization capabilities. Finally, the training looks at the different Cisco SD-WAN security options available.  The course looks at the different Cisco SD-WAN security options available, such as application-aware enterprise firewall, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), URL filtering, Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) proxy, and Cisco Umbrella® Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) and Cisco TrustSec in Cisco SD-WAN.

This course is worth 32 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards recertification.

Course Schedule

    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 16-20 September, 2024
    • Location: Virtual


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    • Date: 11-15 November, 2024
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    • Date: 20-24 January, 2025
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    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 24-28 March, 2025
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    • Date: 12-16 May, 2025
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    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 28 July-01 August, 2025
    • Location: Virtual


Target Audience


Engineers involved in the design, planning, deployment, maintenance and troubleshooting of a Cisco SD-WAN solution.

Course Objectives


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the Cisco SD-WAN solution and how modes of operation differ in traditional WAN versus SD-WAN.
  • Describe options for Cisco SD-WAN cloud and on-premises deployment.
  • Explain how to deploy WAN Edge devices.
  • Compare  the Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) and traditional Plug-n-Play processes and examine technical specifics for on-premises deployment.
  • Describe configuration groups and feature profiles for configuration management.
  • Describe device and feature configuration templates.
  • Describe options for providing scalability, high availability, and redundancy.
  • Explain how dynamic routing protocols are deployed in an SD-WAN environment, on the service side and transport side.
  • Describe Cisco SD-WAN policy concepts, which includes how policies are defined, attached, distributed, and applied.
  • Define and implement advanced control policies, such as policies for custom topologies and service insertion.
  • Describe the Multi-Region SD-WAN fabric feature.
  • Define and implement advanced data policies, such as policies for traffic engineering and QoS.
  • Describe the Application Quality of Experience (AppQoE) capabilities available in Cisco SD-WAN.
  • Define and implement an Application-Aware Routing (AAR) policy.
  • Implement Direct Internet Access (DIA) and Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp options.
  • Describe Cisco SD-WAN security components and integration.
  • Describe how to design pure and hybrid Cisco SD-WAN solutions, as well as how to perform a migration to Cisco SD-WAN.
  • Describe the different tools and options available for managing a Cisco SD-WAN fabric.
  • Describe the different tools and options available for monitoring the Cisco SD-WAN fabric.
  • Describe Cisco SD-WAN support for multicast.


Course Content


Examine the Cisco SD WAN Architecture

  • Software-Defined Networking for the WAN
  • SD-WAN Components and Functions
  • Underlay and Overlay Network
  • SD-WAN Terminology
  • Secure Control Plane
  • Secure Data Plane
  • SD-WAN Platforms
  • IOS XE and IOS XE SD-WAN Software

Examine Cisco SD-WAN Deployment Options

  • Flexible Controller Deployment Options
  • SD-WAN Cloud Deployment
  • SD-WAN Managed Service Provider Deployment
  • SD-WAN On-Premises Deployment
  • Using an Enterprise CA
  • Controller Placement and Challenges

Deploying WAN Edge Devices

  • Onboard WAN Edge Devices
  • Deploy Cisco Catalyst 8000v IOS XE Devices
  • ZTP Process Overview - Pure Play Viptela operating system
  • Cisco Plug-and-Play Process Overview
  • Working with NAT

Manage Device Configuration

  • Configuration Groups Overview
  • Configuraion Group Feature Profile Overview
  • Device Configuration Template Overview
  • Device Configuration Template Features

Explore Redundancy, High Availability, and Scalability

  • Horizontal Solution Scale
  • Cisco vManage, vSmart and vBond Redundancy
  • Routed and Bridged Site Design

Enabling Service-Side and Transport-Side Routing

  • Implement OSPF
  • Implement BGP
  • Impement EIGRP
  • Implement TLOC Extensions
  • Loop Prevention Mechanism

Explore SD-WAN Policy Configuration Basics

  • Policy Configuraton Overview
  • Policy Attachment, Distribution and Operation

Define Advanced Control Policies

  • Control Policy Overview
  • Control Policy Application
  • Using Arbitrary VPN Topology
  • Using Hierarchical Topology
  • VPN Membership Policies
  • Multi-Region Fabric
  • Implementing Traffic Engineering
  • Implementing Service Insertion and Chaining
  • Implementing Shared Services
  • Dynamic On-Demand Tunnels

Define Advanced Data Policies

  • Data Policy Overview
  • Implementing Traffic Engineering
  • Data Forwarding and Qos
  • Implementing Qos in Cisco SD-WAN

Implement Application Quality of Experience

  • Application Quality of Experience Overview
  • TCP Optimization
  • Data Redundancy Elimination
  • Packet Duplication
  • Forward Error Correction
  • AppNav-XE

Implement Application-Aware Routing

  • AAR Overview
  • Implement AAR Policy

Examine Direct Internet Access and Cloud Deployment Options

  • Implement Direct Internet Access
  • Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp for SaaS
  • Cisco SD-WAN Cloud onRamp for IaaS
  • Cisco SD-WAN Cloud onRamp for Multicloud
  • Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp for Colocation
  • Cisco Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) SD-Branch

Explore Cisco SD-WAN Security

  • Cisco SD-WAN Intent Based Security Use Cases
  • Cisco SD-WAN Security Components
  • Cisco Umbrella DNS Security and SIG Integration
  • Cisco Legacy and Unified Policy
  • Describe Cisco SD-WAN TrustSec

Design and Migrate to Cisco SD-WAN

  • Design Considerations for Hybrid Scenarios
  • Enabling Cisco SD-WAN in the Data Center
  • Migrating the Branch to Pure SD-WAN
  • Migrating a Branch to a Hybrid Model

Perform Cisco SD-WAN Network Management and Troubleshooting

  • Managing Cisco SD-WAN
  • Monitoring Cisco SD-WAN
  • Troubleshooting Cisco SD-WAN
  • Upgrading Cisco SD-WAN Components

Examine Cisco SD-WAN Multicast Support

  • Multicast Overlay Routing
  • Multicast Protocol Support
  • Traffic Flow in Multicast Overlay Routing

Lab outline

  • Lab 1: Deploy Cisco SD-WAN Controllers
  • Lab 2: Manage Cisco SD-WAN Device Configuration
  • Lab 3: Configure Cisco SD-WAN Controller Affinity
  • Lab 4: Implement Service Side Routing Protocols
  • Lab 5: Implement Transport Location (TLOC) Extensions
  • Lab 6: Implement Control Policies
  • Lab 7: Implement Data Policies
  • Lab 8: Implement Application-Aware Routing
  • Lab 9: Implement Branch and Regional Internet Breakouts
  • Lab 10: Configure Application Firewall
  • Lab 11: Migrate Branch Sites
  • Lab 12: Perform Cisco SD-WAN Software Upgrade

Course Prerequisites


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) concepts as applied to large-scale live network deployments
  • Strong understanding of enterprise WAN design
  • Strong understanding of routing protocol operation, including both interior and exterior routing protocol operation
  • Familiarity with Transport Layer Security (TLS) and IP Security (IPSec)


Recommended prerequisites:

Test Certification


Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • 300-415 - ENSDWI - Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions
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