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Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) v1.0

Course Code: DNAIE Topics: ,

US$1,500.00 US$1,230.00

13 Learning Credits

This course provides you insight into Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) and its solution components. You learn about the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of Cisco DNA.

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The Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) version 1.0 Cisco® Training on Demand course provides you insight into Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA™) and its solution components. You learn about the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of Cisco DNA.

In addition, you learn about automation using Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) and built-in applications such as Plug and Play, EasyQoS, Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN), and Path Trace. You learn about virtualization in enterprise branch networks using the Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Cloud, and security using Cisco Stealthwatch®, Cisco TrustSec®, and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE). Finally, you learn about enterprise network fabric.


The DNAIE Training on Demand is a self-paced course based upon the 5-day instructor-led training. It consists of 27 sections of instructor video and text instruction along with interactive activities, 17 hands-on lab exercises, content review questions, and challenge questions.

Target Audience

This course is designed for experienced network engineers working for enterprise customers who are early adopters of Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture and channel partner field engineers who are supporting trials and early deployments of Cisco DNA.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the Digital Network Architecture solution by describing its vision, strategy, general concepts, and components
  • Implement network automation using Cisco APIC-EM and built-in applications such as Cisco Network Plug and Play, EasyQoS, IWAN, and Path Trace
  • Implement network virtualization using Cisco NFV in an enterprise branch network
  • Implement network analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Cloud
  • Implement network security using Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco TrustSec, and Cisco ISE
  • Understand enterprise fabric and implementing DNA secure access

Course Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills necessary before attending this course is:

  • Foundational understanding of network design, routing concepts, quality of service (QoS), and network security, including firewall operations (transparent mode)
  • Ability to configure Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), along with an understanding of enterprise WAN and Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) technologies
  • Understanding of wireless LAN parameters, wireless LAN controllers, and access point capabilities
  • Basic understanding of Cisco Prime® Infrastructure, KVM virtualization, and programming concepts including northbound, southbound, and representational state transfer (REST) APIs
  • Section 1: Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Vision
  • Section 2: Identifying the Digital Network Architecture Solution Components
  • Section 3: Identifying the Role of Automation and Orchestration Controllers in DNA
  • Section 4: Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks
  • Section 5: Implementing Cisco Plug and Play Solution
  • Section 6: Implementing and EasyQoS Solution
  • Section 7: Implementing Cisco Intelligent WAN Solution
  • Section 8: Troubleshooting Using Path Trace Application
  • Section 9: Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization
  • Section 10: Implementing Network Programmability in a DNA Architecture
  • Section 11: What is Network Analytics in Cisco DNA
  • Section 12: DNA Analytics Architecture
  • Section 13: DNA Analytics Proof Points
  • Section 14: Network Data Platform Architecture
  • Section 15: CMX On Premise
  • Section 16: Context-Aware Services Architecture
  • Section 17: CMX Connect
  • Section 18: Cisco CMX Analytics
  • Section 19: CMX API
  • Section 20: Cisco CMX Configuration
  • Section 21: Pervasive Security
  • Section 22: Introduction to NetFlow
  • Section 23: Introduction to Cisco Stealthwatch
  • Section 24: Introduction to Cisco ISE
  • Section 25: Integrating Security Tools
  • Section 26: Understanding the Enterprise Fabric
  • Section 27: Implementing DNA Secure Access

This course contains 17 hands-on lab exercises.

Representative topology for all labs in the course:

The labs included in this course are:

  • Discovery Lab 4.6: Introducing Cisco APIC-EM GUI- Network, Device, and Topology Discovery Using APICEM
  • Discovery Lab 5.5: Implementing Network Plug and Play Using Cisco APIC-EM
  • Discovery Lab 6.7: Implementing Easy QoS Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
  • Discovery Lab 7.8: Site Provisioning and Monitoring Using Cisco IWAN Application
  • Discovery Lab 8.4: Path Trace Application Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
  • Discovery Lab 9.9: Site Provisioning with NFVIS on Cisco UCS C220 M3 Server Using OAM Servers
  • Discovery Lab 20.2: Adding Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Discovery Lab 20.3: Continuing to Add Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Discovery Lab 20.4: Exporting Maps from Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Discovery Lab 20.5: Performing the Initial Configuration of CMX
  • Discovery Lab 20.6: Using the System Settings Menu to Configure Cisco CMX
  • Discovery Lab 20.7: Adding Outline Wall to CMX Floor Plan Maps
  • Discovery Lab 20.8: Using Detect and Connect
  • Discovery Lab 20.9: Continuing to Customize Detect and Locate in CMX
  • Discovery Lab 20.10: Working with Analytics in Cisco CMX
  • Discovery Lab 20.11: Working with Customized Reports in the Analytics Service
  • Discovery Lab 20.12: Continuing to Add Widgets to a Customized Report in CMX
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