Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI) v1.0

Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI) v1.0 Certification Training Course Overview

The Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI) v1.0 course teaches you how to implement Cisco® Data Center automated solutions including programming concepts, orchestration, and automation tools. Through a combination of lessons and hands-on practice, you will manage the tools and learn the benefits of programmability and automation in the Cisco-powered Data Center. You will examine Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) for data center and cloud networks, Cisco Nexus® (Cisco NX-OS) platforms for device-centric automation, and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) for Data Center compute. You will study their current ecosystem of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), software development toolkits, and relevant workflows along with open industry standards, tools, and APIs, such as Python, Ansible, Git, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Yaml Ain't Markup Language (YAML), Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF), Representational State Transfer Configuration Protocol (RESTCONF), and Yet Another Generation (YANG). This course prepares you for the 300-635 Automating Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO) certification exam. Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU) is required prior to enrolling in Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI) because it provides crucial foundational knowledge essential to success. 
 

Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 3 days in the classroom and hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 3 days of web-based classes and hands-on lab practice

Course details

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Leverage the tools and APIs to automate Cisco ACI powered data centers.
  • Demonstrate workflows (configuration, verification, healthchecking, monitoring) using Python, Ansible, and Postman.
  • Leverage the various models and APIs of the Cisco Nexus OS platform to perform day 0 operations, improve troubleshooting methodologies with custom tools, augment the CLI using scripts, and integrate various workflows using Ansible and Python.
  • Describe the paradigm shift of Model Driven Telemetry and understand the building blocks of a working solution.
  • Describe the Cisco Data Center compute solutions can be managed and automated using API centric tooling, by using the Python SDK, PowerTool, and Ansible modules to implement various workflows on Cisco UCS, Cisco IMC, Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco UCS Director, and Cisco Intersight.

Who should enroll

This course is designed for network and software engineers who hold the following job roles:

  • Network engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Wireless engineer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect
  • Network administrator
  • Wireless design engineer
  • Network manager
  • Site reliability engineer
  • Deployment engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Account manager

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic programming language concepts
  • Basic understanding of virtualization and VMware
  • Ability to use Linux and Command Line Interface (CLI) tools, such as Secure Shell (SSH) and bash
  • CCNP level data center knowledge
  • Foundational understanding of Cisco ACI

The following Cisco courses can help you gain the knowledge you need to prepare for this course:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
  • Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU)
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) v1.0

Outline

  • Describing the Cisco ACI Policy Model
  • Describing the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Using Python to Interact with the ACI REST API
  • Using Ansible to Automate Cisco ACI
  • Describing Cisco ACI Apps Center and Kubernetes Integration
  • Introducing Cisco NX-OS Programmability
  • Describing Day-Zero Provisioning with Cisco NX-OS
  • Implementing On-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco NX-OS
  • Implementing Off-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco NX-OS
  • Understanding Model-Driven Telemetry
  • Automating Cisco UCS Using Developer Tools
  • Implementing Workflows Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Describing Cisco DCNM
  • Describing Cisco Intersight

Lab outline

  • Use Cisco APIC Web GUI
  • Discover the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Use Postman with the APIC REST API
  • Use Python with the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Configure and Verify Cisco ACI Using Acitoolkit
  • Use Cobra and Arya to Recreate a Tenant
  • Manage Configuration Using Ansible
  • Set Up a New Tenant the NetDevOps Way
  • Create an Infrastructure Health Report
  • Install an Application from the App Center on the Cisco APIC
  • Power on Auto Provisioning on the Cisco Nexus 9000
  • Use Bash and Guest-Shell on Cisco NX-OS
  • Use Python to Enhance CLI Commands
  • Trigger a Python Script Using Cisco Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
  • Docker Containers on NX-OS
  • Configure and Verify Using NX-API and Python
  • Configure and Verify Using NETCONF/YANG
  • Use Ansible with NX-OS
  • Streaming Telemetry
  • Connect, Query, and Modify Cisco UCS Manager Objects Using Cisco UCS PowerTool
  • Discovery 21: Connect, Query, and Modify Cisco UCS Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Objects Using Cisco IMC PowerTool
  • Utilize Cisco UCS Python Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Utilize Cisco IMC Python SDK
  • Implement Ansible Playbooks to Modify and Verify the Configuration of Cisco UCS Manager
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Course Modules

Module 1: Network Programmability Foundation
  • Utilize common version control operations with git: add, clone, push, commit, diff, branching, merging conflict
  • Describe characteristics of API styles (REST and RPC)
  • Describe the challenges encountered and patterns used when consuming APIs synchronously and asynchronously
  • Interpret Python scripts containing data types, functions, classes, conditions, and looping
  • Describe the benefits of Python virtual environments
  • Explain the benefits of using network configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet for automating data center platforms
Module 2: Controller Based Data Center Networking
  • Describe the following:
  • Leverage the API inspector to explore the REST API calls made by the ACI GUI
  • Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI REST API
  • Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI Cobra SDK
  • Construct an Ansible playbook to create an application policy
  • Describe the benefits of integrating Kubernetes infrastructure using the ACI CNI plugin
Module 3: Data Center Device-centric Networking
  • Describe Day 0 provisioning with NX-OS
  • Implement On-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS
  • Compare model-driven telemetry such as YANG Push and gRPC to traditional network monitoring strategies such as SMNP, Netflow, and SYSLOG
  • Construct Python script that consumes model-driven telemetry data with NX-OS
  • Implement Off-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS
Module 4: Data Center Compute
  • Configure Cisco UCS with developer tools
  • Describe the capabilities of the DCNM API
  • Identify the steps in the Intersight API authentication method
  • Construct an Intersight API call given documentation to accomplish tasks such as manage server policies, service profiles, and firmware updates
  • Describe the process to implement workflows for physical and virtual infrastructure using UCS Director
  • Utilize UCS Director REST API browser
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Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic programming language concepts
  • Basic understanding of virtualization and VMware
  • Ability to use Linux and Command Line Interface (CLI) tools, such as Secure Shell (SSH) and bash
  • CCNP level data center knowledge
  • Foundational understanding of Cisco ACI

The following Cisco courses can help you gain the knowledge you need to prepare for this course:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
  • Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU)
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) v1.0