Cisco SD-Access Foundations Lab (Pod 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 environment will provide a step-by-step walk through to build the foundational capabilities of the Cisco SD-Access solution including the Design, Policy and Provision workflows to automate consistent configurations across the fabric for wired environments. This environment leverages the Catalyst 9300 switches.

In this lab, you will learn:

  • Implement the standard workflow for automating the network from Design to Policy Creation to Provision, which is needed to build a SD-Access fabric.
  • Configure the different DNA Center features including Discovery, Inventory, Topology, Fabric Creation, etc.
  • How to build access policies & enforce those policies across the fabric.

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

Hardware & Software


  • Cisco DNA Center Appliance
  • Cisco Catalyst 9300
  • Cisco WLC5520
  • Cisco AP3802

Software Versions:

  • Cisco DNA Center: 1.3.0
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine : Patch 5,6,7,8
  • Catalyst IOS-XE: 116.11.01c
  • Cisco WLC 8.8.120