DNAIE: Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials

This course has been retired from Cisco, and replaced by this new course:

IBNTRN: Transforming to a Cisco Intent Based Network









Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials is designed to provide students with an insight into the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and its solution components. The course highlights the need for digitization in networks and the guiding principles of DNA.

Implementation of components such as: Automation using Cisco APIC-EM and its built in applications like Plug and Play, EasyQoS, IWAN and Path Trace: Virtualization in Enterprise Branch Network using Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Solution: Analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) cloud: Security using Cisco StealthWatch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine(ISE):Enterprise Network Fabric

Cisco APIC-EM and virtualization using Cisco NFV are incorporated into the labs to demonstarte DNA automation.

Course goals

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the Digital Network Architecture 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 Network Function Virtualization in Enterprise branch network.
  • Implement network analytics using Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) cloud.
  • Implement network security using Cisco StealthWatch, Cisco TrustSec and Cisco Identity Services Engine(ISE).


  • Experienced network engineers working for Enterprise customers who are early adopters of Cisco`s Digital Network Architecture
  • Channel Partner Field Engineers who are supporting trials and early deployments of DNA


Recommended prerequisites:

  • Foundational understanding of network design, routing concepts, QoS, and network security including firewall operations (transparent mode) - equal to this course: IINS: Implementing Cisco Network Security 
  • Ability to configure OSPF and EIGRP routing protocols along with an understanding of Enterprise WAN and DMVPN technologies - equal to this course: ROUTE: Implementing Cisco IP Routing 
  • Understanding of Wireless LAN parameters, Wireless LAN Controllers and Access Point capabilities - equal to this course: WIFUND: Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals
  • Basic understanding of Cisco Prime Infrastructure, KVM Virtualization and programming concepts including; Northbound, Southbound and REST APIs.

Course content

Identifying Role of Digital Network Architecture in Contemporary Network

Identifying Cisco Digital Network Architecture Vision
Identifying the Digital Network Architecture Solution
Identifying the Role of Automation and Orchestration Controllers in DNA

Implementing DNA Automation in Core Networks

Implementing Automation in Enterprise Networks
Implementing Cisco Plug and Play Solutions
Implemnting an EasyQoS Solution
Implementing Cisco Intelligent WAN Solution
Troubleshooting Using Path Trace Application
Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Function Virtualisation
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
Cisco CMX Configuration
Cisco CMX Cloud

Implementing Security in a DNA Network

Pervasive Security
Introduction to NetFlow
Introduction to Cisco Stealthwatch
Introduction to Cisco ISE
Integrating Security Tools

Implementing Enterprise Network Fabric in the DNA Architecture

Understanding the Enterprise Fabric
Implementing DNA Secure Access


Lab 1: Introducing Cisco APIC-EM GUI-Network, Device and Topology Discovery Using APIC-EM
Lab 2: Implementing Network Plug and Play Using Cisco APIC-EM
Lab 3: Implementing EasyQoS Using Cisco APIC-EM GUI
Lab 4: Site Provisioning and Monitoring Using Cisco IWAN Application
Lab 5: Path Trace Application Using Cisco APIC-EM
Lab 6: Site Provisioning with NFVIS on Cisco UCS C220 M3 Server Using OAM Servers
Lab 7: Initial Switch and WLC Configuration for Cisco CMX
Lab 8: Adding Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
Lab 9: Continuing to Add Maps to Cisco Prime Infrastructure
Lab 10: AP Placement and Orientation
Lab 11: Exporting Maps from Cisco Prime Infrastructure
Lab 12: Performing the Initial Configuration of CMX
Lab 13: Using the System Settings Menu to Configure Cisco CMX
Lab 14: Adding Outline Wall to CMX Floor Plan Maps
Lab 15: Using Detect and Connect
Lab 16: Continuing to Customise Detect and Locate in CMX
Lab 17: Working with Analytics in Cisco CMX
Lab 18: Working with Customised Reports in the Analytics Service
Lab 19: Continuing to Add Widgets to a Customised Report in CMX
Lab 20: Initial Portal Creation in Connect and Engage
Lab 21: Adding and Deleting and Element and Adding a Background Image to the Portal Template
Lab 22: Customizing Text and Registration Elements in the Portal Template
Lab 23: Exploring the Background Image, Themes, and Languages in the Portal Template
Lab 24: Login ot the CMX Portal
Lab 25: Configuring the WKAN and Security in the WLC to Support CMX Cloud
Lab 26: Configuring an ACL in the WLC for use with CMX Cloud
Lab 27: Create a Presence Site in CMX Cloud
Lab 28: Connecting a Client to the Wi-Fi Network
Lab 29: Working with Presence Analytics and Connect & Engage
Lab 30: Using the Manage Function in CMX Cloud
Lab 31: Meraki Integration with CMX Cloud


Currently there is no certification related to this training.