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Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals

  • Course Code SDAFND
  • Duration 3 days
  • Version 1.0

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This course is available in the following formats:

  • Company Event

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  • Public Classroom

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Course Overview


The Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals (SDAFND) course introduces you to Cisco® Software-Defined Access and teaches you, through a combination of lectures and labs, how to implement simple, single-site fabric networks.

You will learn the benefits of leveraging Software-Defined Access in the Cisco-powered Enterprise Campus network. SDAFND will introduce the solution, its architecture and components, and guide you through labs to design and deploy simple Cisco SD-Access networks. The course will also introduce Cisco DNA Center as the single pane of glass for deploying and operating Cisco SD-Access enterprise networks. Students will explore automation, assurance and programmability features of Cisco DNA center both in theory and through practical labs.

This course will help you:

    Deploy Cisco SD-Access networks

    Explain Cisco Software-Designed Access

    Operate, manage, and integrate Cisco DNA Center™

Course Schedule


Target Audience

Anyone involved in the implementation and administration of an SDA solution.

Course Objectives


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe Cisco SD-Access architecture and its components
  • Explain Cisco DNA Center deployment models, scaling, and high availability
  • Identify Cisco SD-Access fabric protocols and node roles
  • Understand the Cisco SD-Access Wireless deployment models
  • Automate Day 0 device onboarding with Cisco DNA Center LAN Automation and Network PnP
  • Deploy simple Cisco SD-Access fabric networks
  • Monitor health and performance of the network with Cisco DNA Center Assurance
  • Interact with the Cisco DNA Center Platform Intent APIs

Course Content


Introducing Cisco SD-Access

  • Cisco SD-Access Overview
  • Cisco SD-Access Components and Roles

Introducing Cisco DNA Center

  • Cisco Networking Overview
  • Cisco DNA Center Deployment Models Overview
  • Cisco SD-Access in Cisco DNA Center

Exploring Cisco SD-Access Solution Components

  • Cisco SD-Access Protocols and Roles
  • Cisco SD-Access Control Plane
  • Cisco SD-Access Data Plane
  • Cisco SD-Access Policy Plane
  • Cisco DNA Center and Cisco ISE Integration

Exploring Cisco SD-Access Wireless Architecture

  • Cisco SD-Access Wireless Overview
  • Cisco SD-Access - Legacy Wireless Overview
  • Deploying Cisco SD-Access - Fabric Enabled Wireless
  • Cisco SD-Access - Guest Wireless Access Overview

Automating Network Changes with Cisco DNA Center

  • Exploring Cisco DNA Center Design Workflow
  • Exploring Cisco DNA Center Day 0 Onboarding
  • Automating Device Onboarding with Cisco Network Plug and Play

Deploying Fabric Networks with Cisco DNA Center

  • Deploying Cisco SD-Access Fabric - Policy Window
  • Deploying Cisco SD-Access Fabric - Provision Workflow
  • Cisco SD-Access Fusion Devices

Exploring Cisco DNA Center Assurance

  • Cisco DNA Center Assurance Components, Analytics and Metrics
  • Cisco DNA Center Assurance Health, Issues and Time Travel
  • Monitoring Health and Performance with Cisco DNA Center Assurance
  • Troubleshooting Cisco SD-Access with Cisco DNA Center Assurance

Exploring Cisco DNA Center Programmability

  • Enterprise Network Programmability Overview
  • Exploring Cisco DNA Center REST APIs
  • Exploring Cisco DNA Center Python Libraries
  • Introducing Cisco DNA Center Assurance Workflows

Lab Outline

  • Explore Cisco DNA Center User Interface
  • Verify Location Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) Operation in Cisco SD-Access
  • Integrate Cisco DNA Center and Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE)
  • Provision Access Points in Cisco DNA Center
  • Provision Underlay Networks with Cisco DNA Center LAN Automation
  • Provision Underlay Networks with Cisco DNA Center LAN Automation (cont.)
  • Deploy Cisco SD-Access Single Site Fabric
  • Deploy Cisco SD-Access Single Site Fabric (cont.)
  • Explore Cisco DNA Center Assurance
  • Cisco DNA Assurance Issues and Guided Remediation
  • Interact with Cisco DNA Center Intent APIs Using Python

Course Prerequisites


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • CCNP® level core networking knowledge
  • Ability to use Windows and Linux CLI tools such as ping, SSH, or running scripts
Recommended prerequisites:

Test Certification


Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • There is no exam currently aligned to this course

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