After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the Cisco SD-WAN overlay network and how modes of operation differ in legacy WAN versus SD-WAN

  • Describe options for SD-WAN cloud and on-premises deployments, as well as how to deploy virtual vEdge and physical cEdge devices with Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) and device templates

  • Describe best practices in WAN routing protocols, as well as how to configure and implement transport-side connectivity, service-side routing, interoperability, and redundancy and high availability

  • Describe dynamic routing protocols and best practices in an SD-WAN environment, transport-side connectivity, service-side connectivity, and how redundancy and high availability are achieved in SD-WAN environments

  • Explain how to migrate from legacy WAN to Cisco SD-WAN, including typical scenarios for data center and branch

  • Explain how to perform SD-WAN Day 2 operations, such as monitoring, reporting, logging, and upgrading


You should have the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • Completion of the Cisco SD-WAN Operation and Deployment (ENSDW) course or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) concepts as applied to large-scale live network deployments

  • Strong understanding of enterprise wide area network design

  • Strong understanding of routing protocol operation, including both interior and exterior routing protocol operation

  • Familiarity with Transport Layer Security (TLS) and IP Security (IPSec)


  • Cisco SD-WAN Overlay Network

    • Examining Cisco SD-WAN Architecture

  • Cisco SD-WAN Deployment

    • Examining Cisco SD-WAN Deployment Options

    • Deploying Edge Devices

    • Deploying Edge Devices with Zero-Touch Provisioning

    • Using Device Configuration Templates

    • Redundancy, High Availability, and Scalability

  • Cisco SD-WAN Routing Options

    • Using Dynamic Routing

    • Providing Site Redundancy and High Availability

    • Configuring Transport-Side Connectivity

  • Cisco SD-WAN Policy Configuration

    • Reviewing Cisco SD-WAN Policy

    • Defining Advanced Control Policies

    • Defining Advanced Data Policies

    • Implementing Application-Aware Routing

    • Implementing Internet Breakouts and Network Address Translation (NAT)

  • Cisco SD-WAN Migration and Interoperability

    • Examining Cisco SD-WAN Hybrid Scenarios

    • Performing a Migration

  • Cisco SD-WAN Management and Operations

    • Performing Day-2 Operations

    • Performing Upgrades

Lab outline

  • Deploying Cisco SD-WAN Controllers

  • Adding a Branch Using Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)

  • Deploying Devices Using Configuration Templates

  • Configuring Controller Affinity

  • Implementing Dynamic Routing Protocols on Service Side

  • Implementing Transport Location (TLOC) Extensions

  • Implementing Control Policies

  • Implementing Data Policies

  • Implementing Application-Aware Routing

  • Implementing Internet Breakouts

  • Migrating Branch Sites

  • Performing an Upgrade

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