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Before taking this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
- Routing and switching including Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and basic configuration features such as interfaces, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and static routes
- Fundamentals of Python data structures and programming constructs such as loops, conditionals, and classes, or the equivalent of 3–6 months of experience writing Python scripts
- Basic Linux commands for navigating the file system and executing scripts
- Knowledge of working with text editors
Delegates will learn how to
This course does not lead directly to a certification exam, but it does cover foundational knowledge that can help you prepare for several professional-level automation courses and exams:
- 'Implementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUI)'
- 'Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI)'
- 'Implementing Automation for Cisco Security Solutions (SAUI)'
- 'Implementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)'
- 'Implementing Automation for Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUI)'
- 300-435 Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUTO)
- 300-635 Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO)
- 300-735 Automating and programming Cisco Security Solutions (SAUTO)
- 300-535 Automating and programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUTO)
- 300-835 Automating and Programming Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUTO)
This course will help you:
- Gain an overview of the skills you need to become a next-generation engineer
- Prepare to accelerate network automation in your organization
- Increase collaboration across internal and external teams using version control systems
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Articulate the role network automation and programmability play in the context of end-to-end network management and operations
- Interpret and troubleshoot Python scripts with fundamental programming constructs built for network automation use cases
- Describe how DevOps principles, tools, and pipelines can be applied to network operations
- Understand the role of network automation development environments and associated technologies such as Python virtual environments, Vagrant, and Docker
- Understand and construct HTTP-based API calls to network devices
- Articulate the differences among and common use cases for XML, JSON, YAML, and protobuf
- Construct and interpret Python scripts using the Python requests module to automate devices that have HTTP-based APIs
- Understand the role YANG plays in network automation
- Understand that a number of tools exist to simplify working with YANG models
- Describe the functionality of RESTCONF and NETCONF and the differences between them
- Construct Ansible playbooks to configure network devices and retrieve operational state data from them
- Build Jinja2 templates and YAML data structures to generate desired state configurations