Vendor: Cisco
Mode: On Demand Digital
Level: Associate
Exam: NA
Exam at your place: NA
Duration: Self Paced
Language: English

SKU: CSAU-DL Categories: , ,

Course Price

CHF 250.00

(excl. VAT)

Discount available for multiple students and dedicated classes.

What you’ll learn

The Introducing Automation for Cisco Solutions (CSAU) training offers a comprehensive introduction to network automation skills. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on labs, participants gain a solid understanding of fundamental automation concepts. This includes hands-on experience with model-driven programmability solutions utilizing the Representational State Transfer Configuration Protocol (RESTCONF) and Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) protocols. The training also delves into data formats and types, covering Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Yaml Ain’t Markup Language (YAML), and Yet Another Next Generation (YANG), highlighting their significance in network automation. Additionally, participants explore the application of DevOps tools such as Ansible and Git in the context of automation.

It’s important to note that this training is a prerequisite for enrolling in professional-level automation trainings and exams. It serves as a crucial foundation, providing essential knowledge necessary for success in advanced automation courses and examinations.

Automation trainings Automation exams
Implementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUI) 300-435 Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUTO)
Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI) 300-635 Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO)
Implementing Automation for Cisco Security Solutions (SAUI) 300-735 Automating and programming Cisco Security Solutions (SAUTO)
Implementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI) 300-535 Automating and programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUTO)
Implementing Automation for Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUI) 300-835 Automating and Programming Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUTO)

Technology areas

  • Network Automation

Who should enroll

This training is designed primarily for customer engineers and systems engineers in the following job roles:

  • Automation architect
  • Automation engineer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • DevOps engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network architect
  • Network consulting engineer
  • Network design engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Network operator
  • Network reliability engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Site reliability engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect

This training would also be useful for network manager job roles such as:

  • Application developer
  • Collaboration developer
  • Collaboration solutions architect
  • IT director
  • Mobile developer
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) manager
  • Software architect
  • Web developer

Training overview


After taking this training, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the role network automation and programmability play in the context of end-to-end network management and operations
  • Define and differentiate between waterfall and agile software development methodologies
  • 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


Before taking this training, 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

Lab outline

  • Use Network Automation Scripts
  • Enforce Python Fundamentals on the Interactive Interpreter
  • Automate Networks with Netmiko
  • Use the Git Version-Control System and Collaborate on an Internal Project
  • Build Reproduceable Automation Environments
  • Use HTTP-Based APIs with Postman
  • Explore YAML and JSON Data
  • Consume HTTP-Based APIs with Python Requests
  • Explore YANG Tools
  • Explore RESTCONF with Python
  • Explore NETCONF with Python
  • Configure Network Devices with Ansible
  • Collect Network Data with Ansible
  • Build and Deploy Configurations with Ansible

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