Cisco DNA Sandbox 2

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Solution Overview
Cisco's SD-Access is a move towards a fully automated, centrally managed, intent-based network. SD-Access is one component of the overall DNA Architecture framework from Cisco. This solution adopts a fabric based network similar to what has gained significant adoption in the data center and central management using DNA Center. 

DNA Center is the central management, automation and monitoring point for an intent-based Cisco campus network.  Although it is often associated with Software Defined Access (SDA), it is a very compelling product for management of traditional network technologies as well.  Some of the benefits include: 

  • Centralized Device Management 
  • Manage wired and/or wireless configurations
  • Definition and configuration of common user policy everywhere using a single fabric across wired and wireless infrastructure.
  • Image management (updating or patching) 
  • Future proof – Management of Campus Fabric (Software Defined Access)
  • Deploying QoS easily, standardizing configuration without templates 
  • Plug-n-Play for zero touch provisioning of new devices

  • Health Scores (Network, End User and Application) 
  • Top Issues 
  • Network Assurance 
  • Insights – recommended actions for detected issues 
  • Automated Sensors

Goals & Objectives

This Advanced Technology Center lab sandbox environment will provide a step-by-step walk through to demonstrate the capabilities of the SD-Access solution including the Design, Policy and Provision workflows to automate consistent configurations across the fabric for both wireless and wired environments. This sandbox leverages the Catalyst 9500/9400 switches. 

In this lab, you will start from a clean slate and learn:
  • Standard workflow of automating a network from Design to Policy to Provision
  • Integrate wireless infrastructure within the fabric
  • The different DNA Center features including Discovery, Inventory, Topology, Image Management, etc
  • How to build Access policies and Application QoS policies
  • How to make the best use of the information provided in the DNA Assurance application

** This capability can be reserved for a maximum of 3 days

Hardware & Software

This sandbox includes Cisco ISE, Cisco DNA Center and Catalyst 9500/9400, Cisco WLC5520, and Cisco AP3802. 

Lab Software Versions: 
  • Cisco DNA Center: 1.3.01
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine :
  • Catalyst IOS-XE: 16.11.01c 
  • Cisco WLC