CSAU - Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU)

The Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU) v1.0 course gives you a broad overview of network automation skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will learn the fundamentals of automation such as working on model-driven programmability solutions with Representational State Transfer Configuration Protocol (RESTCONF) and Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) protocols. The course also covers data formats and types, including Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Yaml Ain’t Markup Language (YAML), and Yet Another Next Generation (YANG), and their value in network automation, along with DevOps tools such as Ansible and Git.

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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

Detailed Class Syllabus


Examining Network Management and Operations
Exploring Software Development Methodologies
Using Python for Network Automation
Describing NetDevOps: DevOps for Networking
Managing Automation Development Environments
Introducing HTTP Network APIs
Reviewing Data Formats and Data Encoding
Using Python Requests to Automate HTTP-Based APIs
Exploring YANG
Using YANG Tools
Automating Model-Driven APIs with Python
Introducing Ansible for Network Automation
Templating Configurations with Jinja2
Exploring Cisco Ansible Integrations
Introducing Multidomain Network Automation