Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Knowledge level equivalent to Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Basic knowledge of Software Defined Networks
  • Basic knowledge and experience with Cisco IOS, IOS XE and CLI

Course goals

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Know and understand Cisco’s SD-Access concepts, features, benefits, terminology and the way this approach innovates common administrative tasks on today’s networks.
  • Differentiate and explain each of the building blocks of SD-Access Solution
  • Explain the concept of “Fabric” and the different node types that conform it (Fabric Edge Nodes, Control Plane Nodes, Border Nodes)
    Describe the role of LISP in Control Plane and VXLAN in Data Plane for SD-Access Solution
  • Understand the role of DNA Center as solution orchestrator and Intelligent GUI
  • Be familiar with workflow approach in DNA Center and its 4 Steps: Design, Policy, Provision and Assurance

Course content

Module 1: Introduction to Cisco’s Software Defined Access (SD-Access)

SD-Access Overview
SD-Access Benefits
SD-Access Key Concepts
SD-Access Main Components: 
- Campus Fabric (Wired - Wireless), Nodes: (Edge - Border - Control Plane), DNA Controller, ISE (Policy), NDP (Analytics and Assurance)

Module 2: SD-Access Campus Fabric

The concept of Fabric
Node types
Fabric Edge Nodes
Control Plane Nodes
Border Nodes
LISP as protocol for Control Plane
VXLAN as protocol for Data Plane
Concept of Virtual Network
Fabric-enabled WLAN: Fabric Enabled WLC, Fabric Enabled AP’s

Module 3: DNA Center and Workflow for SD-Access

Introduction to DNA Center
Workflow for SD-Access in DNA Center: Design Step overview, Policy Step overview, Provision Step overview, Assurance Step overview
Integration with Cisco ISE for Policy Enforcement
Integration with Cisco NDP for Analytics and Assurance
Relationship with APIC-EM controller

Module 4: DNA Center Workflow First Step - Design

Creating Enterprise and Sites Hierarchy
Discuss and Demonstrate General Network Settings
Loading maps into the GUI
IP Address Administration
Administering Software Images
Network Device Profiles

Module 5: DNA Center Workflow Second Step - Policy

2-level Hierarchy: Macro Level: Virtual Network (VN), Micro Level: Scalable Group (SG)
Policy Types: Access Policy, Access Control Policy, Traffic Copy Policy
ISE Integration with DNA Center
Cross Domain Policies

Module 6: DNA Center Workflow Third Step - Provision

Devices Onboarding: Discovering Devices, Assigning Devices to a site, Provisioning device with profiles
Fabric Domains: Understanding Fabric Domains, Using Default LAN Fabric Domain, Creating Additional Fabric Domains
Adding Nodes: Adding Fabric Edge Nodes, Adding Control Plane Nodes, - Adding Border Nodes

Module 7: DNA Center Workflow Fourth Step – Assurance

Introduction to Analytics
NDP Fundamentals
Overview of DNA Assurance
Components of DNA Assurance
DNA Center Assurance Dashboard

Module 8: Implementing WLAN in SD-Access Solution

WLAN Integration Strategies in SD-Access Fabric: CUWN Wireless Over The Top (OTT), SD-Access Wireless (Fabric enabled WLC and AP)
SD-Access Wireless Architecture: Control Plane: LISP and WLC, Data Plane: VXLAN, Policy Plane and Segmentation: VN and SGT
Sample Design for SD-Access Wireless

Module 9: Campus Fabric External Connectivity for SD-Access

Enterprise Sample Topology for SD-Access
Role of Border Nodes
Types of Border Nodes: Border, Default Border
Single Border vs. Multiple Border Designs
Collocated Border and Control Plane Nodes
Distributed (separated) Border and Control Plane Nodes


Lab 1: Connecting and getting familiar with DNA Center GUI
Lab 2: Performing SD-Access Design Step in DNA Center
Lab 3: Performing SD-Access Policy Step in DNA Center
Lab 4: Performing SD-Access Provision Step in DNA Center
Lab 5: Performing SD-Access Assurance Step in DNA Center
Lab 6: Integrating WLAN services through SD-Wireless architecture (optional)
Lab 7: Achieving External Connectivity to remote locations through Border Node


There are no exams currently aligned to this course