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SDAISE-Software Defined Access & ISE Integration for Policy Deployment & Enforcement v1.0

SS Course: GK5873

Course Overview


Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) is the industry s first intent-based networking solution for the Enterprise built on the principles of Cisco s Digital Network Architecture (DNA). SD-Access provides automated end-to-end segmentation to separate user, device and application traffic without redesigning the network.

There are many challenges to manage enterprise networks including manual configuration and fragmented tool offerings. Manual operations are slow and error-prone and these issues are exacerbated by constantly changing environments with more users, devices and applications. With the growth of users and different devices types accessing the network, it is has become more complex to configure user credentials and maintain a consistent policy across the network.

Without a consistent access policy, it is difficult to maintain separate policies between wired and wireless or to locate users and troubleshoot issues as users move around the network. The bottom line is that networks today do not address current network needs. The SDAISE course addresses these issues.


Scheduled Classes

04/29/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
05/01/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
06/24/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
08/26/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
10/15/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
12/16/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led



Module 1: Cisco ISE Integration for SD Access

  • Introduction to Cisco ISE
  • Using Cisco ISE as a Network Access Policy Engine
  • Introducing Cisco ISE Deployment Models
  • Introducing 802.1x and MAB Access: Wired and Wireless
  • Introducing Identity Management
  • Configuring Certificate Service
  • Introducing Cisco ISE Policy
  • Configuring Cisco ISE Policy Sets
  • Introduction to Cisco TrustSec for segmentation
  • The Concept of Security Group (SG) and Security Group Tag (SGT)
  • Cisco TrustSec Phases
  • Classification
  • Propagation
  • Enforcement
  • Methods for Classification
  • Static Classification
  • Dynamic Classification
  • Methods for SGT tag propagation
  • Inline Tagging
  • SGT Exchange Protocol (SXP)

Module 2: 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 (APIC-EM Controller)
  • Introducing Cisco ISE 2.x px
  • 2-level Hierarchy
  • Macro Level: Virtual Network (VN)
  • Micro Level: Scalable Group (SG)

Module 3: DNA Center Workflow

  • DNA Center Refresher
  • Creating Enterprise and Sites Hierarchy
  • Configuring General Network Settings
  • Loading maps into the GUI
  • IP Address Management
  • Software Image Management
  • Network Device Profiles
  • Introduction to Analytics
  • NDP Fundamentals
  • Overview of DNA Assurance

Module 4: SD-Access Campus Fabric

  • The concept of Fabric
  • Node types (Breakdown)
  • LISP as protocol for Control Plane
  • VXLAN as protocol for Data Plane

Module 5: 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

Module 6: Implementing WLAN in SD-Access Solution

  • WLAN Integration Strategies in SD-Access Fabric
  • Fabric CUWN
  • 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



    It is recommended that students have the following knowledge and skills prior to attending this course:

    • Knowledge level equivalent to Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
    • Basic knowledge of Software Defined Networks
    • Basic knowledge of network security including AAA, Access Control, and ISE
    • Basic knowledge and experience with Cisco IOS, IOS XE, and CLI

      Who Should Attend

      • Anyone interested in knowing about SD-Access
      • Personnel involved in SD-Access Design and Implementation
      • Network Operations team with SD-Access solution