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Explore Cisco SD Access Lab (Pod 1)

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Solution Overview
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: 

Automation 

  • 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.

Assurance 

  • Health Scores (Network, End User and Application). 
  • Top Issues. 
  • Network Assurance. 
  • Insights – recommended actions for detected issues. 
  • Automated Sensors.
This lab will provide a fully configured SD-Access fabric for exploration purposes, but can also be modified if desired. 

Goals & Objectives

This Advanced Technology Center lab environment will provide a fully configured fabric, where you can walk through and explore the capabilities of the SD-Access solution including the Design, Policy and Provision workflows that automate consistent configurations across the fabric for both wireless and wired environments. This lab environment leverages the Catalyst 9300 switches.

In contrast to the Cisco SD-Access Foundations Lab, the starting point of this lab is a fully configured fabric where you will learn to explore and demonstrate the following:

  • Standard workflow of automating a network from Design to Policy to Provision
  • Integration of wireless infrastructure within the fabricI
  • The different DNA Center features including Discovery, Inventory, Topology, Image Management, etc
  • How to modify consistent access policies across the fabric.
  • To explore the telemetry and monitoring information provided in the DNA Assurance application

** This capability can be reserved for a maximum of 1 day

Hardware & Software

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

Software Versions: 
  • Cisco DNA Center: 1.3.0
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine : 2.4.0.357 patch 5,6,7,8
  • Catalyst IOS-XE: 16.11.1.c
  • Cisco WLC 8.8.120

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