The Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) v1.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces learners to the insight into Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and its solution components. The course highlights the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of DNA.
The goal of the course is to provide students an understanding of principles of Cisco DNA and implementation of DNA solution.
The course also provides hands-on-labs to demonstrate DNA automation using Cisco APIC-EM and virtualization using Cisco NFV.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Identify the Cisco DNA solution by describing the vision, strategy, general concepts, and components of it
  • Implement network automation using Cisco APIC-EM and the built-in applications like Network Plug-and-Play, EasyQoS, IWAN and Path Trace
  • Implement network virtualization using Cisco NFV in enterprise branch network
  • Implement network analytics using Cisco CMX cloud
  • Implement network security using Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco TrustSec, and Cisco ISE
  • Understand enterprise fabric and implement DNA secure access


The course contains these components:
  • Identifying the Role of the Digital Network Architecture in the Contemporary Network
    • Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Vision
    • Identifying the Digital Network Architecture Solution Components
    • Identifying the Role of Automation and Orchestration Controllers in DNA
  • Implementing DNA Automation in the Core Network
    • Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks
    • Lab: Introducing Cisco APIC-EM GUI- Network, Device and Topology Discovery Using APIC-EM
    • Implementing Cisco Plug and Play Solution
    • Lab: Implementing Network Plug and Play Using Cisco APIC-EM
    • Implementing an EasyQoS Solution
    • Lab: Implementing Easy QoS Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
    • Implementing Cisco Intelligent WAN Solution
    • Lab: Site Provisioning and Monitoring Using Cisco IWAN Application
    • Troubleshooting Using Path Trace Application
    • Lab: Path Trace Application Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
    • Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization
    • Lab: Site Provisioning with NFVIS on Cisco UCS C220 M3 Server Using OAM Servers
    • Implementing Network Programmability in a DNA Architecture
  • Implementing Network Analytics in Cisco DNA
    • What Is Network Analytics in Cisco DNA?
    • DNA Analytics Architecture
    • DNA Analytics Proof Points
    • Network Data Platform Architecture
    • CMX On Premise
    • Context-Aware Services Architecture
    • CMX Connect
    • Cisco CMX Analytics
    • CMX API
    • Cisco CMX Configuration
    • Lab: Initial Switch and WLC Configuration for Cisco CMX
    • Lab: Adding Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
    • Lab: Continuing to Add Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
    • Lab: Exporting Maps from Cisco Prime Infrastructure
    • Lab: Performing the Initial Configuration of CMX
    • Lab: Using the System Settings Menu to Configure Cisco CMX
    • Lab: Adding Outline Wall to CMX Floor Plan Maps
    • Lab: Using Detect and Connect
    • Lab: Continuing to Customize Detect and Locate in CMX
    • Lab: Working with Analytics in Cisco CMX
    • Lab: Working with Customized Reports in the Analytics Service
    • Lab: Continuing to Add Widgets to a Customized Report in CMX
  • Implementing Security in a DNA Network
    • Pervasive Security
    • Introduction to NetFlow
    • Introduction to Cisco Stealthwatch
    • Lab: Visualizing Flows on SMC
    • Introduction to Cisco ISE
    • Lab: Segmentation Policy Enforcement
    • Integrating Security Tools
    • Lab: ISE and SMC Integration for Mitigation
  • Implementing the Enterprise Network Fabric in the DNA Architecture
    • Understanding the Enterprise Fabric
    • Implementing DNA Secure Access

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Foundational understanding of network design
  • Foundational understanding of network routing operations
  • Foundational understanding of network QoS operations
  • Foundational understanding of network security operations
  • Understanding of CDP and LLDP
  • Understanding of DHCP, DNS, NTP, and SNMP
  • Understanding of TCP protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, and telnet
  • Understanding of routing concepts and also be able to configure routing protocols like EIGRP and OSPF
  • Understanding of enterprise WAN and DMVPN
  • Understanding of firewall operations, especially transparent mode
  • Basic understanding of Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Basic understanding of KVM virtualization (that is, Linux virtualization)
  • Basic understanding of programming concepts
  • Basic understanding of SDN, northbound APIs, southbound APIs, and REST API
  • Understanding of WLAN parameters
  • Basic understanding of WLC and AP capabilities in WLC
  • Understanding of PoE in Cisco switches

Cisco learning offerings that contribute to recommended knowledge, skills, and attitudes are as follows: