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NSO201 - Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects Course

NSO201 - Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects Training Course

Course Description:

The Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects v3.1 course is a 4-day course that is designed to provide students a brief overview of the NSO solution, NETCONF, YANG, and XPath. After this overview is completed, the course focuses on service creation, device and configuration management, NSO maintenance, NSO options and integrations, and basic NSO troubleshooting.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Explaining the benefits and uses of Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)
  • Installing NSO and describing how NSO uses NETCONF and the Device Manager component
  • Describing how YANG is used with NSO, creating and deploying a service, and explain NSO FASTMAP
  • Designing and managing services with YANG models
  • Performing NSO configuration and basic troubleshooting, and describing the following NSO features: integration options, alarms and reporting, scalability and performance options, and available function pack

Target Student:

  • System installers
  • System integrators
  • System administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Solution designers


  • Basic knowledge of the Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) or the CLI of UNIX-like operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of YANG data modeling
  • Basic knowledge of Python programming
  • Basic management of network components (routers, switches, etc.)

Training Dates
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NSO201 - Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects
Course Format: Online with Live Instructor
Class Date(s): 12/20/21 - 12/23/21
Course Fee : $4000

NSO201 - Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects
Course Format: Online with Live Instructor
Class Date(s): 1/10/22 - 1/13/22
Course Fee : $4000

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to Cisco NSO

  • Meeting Challenges with Orchestration
  • Challenges of Network Management
  • Challenges of Network Orchestration
  • NSO Features and Benefits that Meet Challenges
  • Standardized Approach
  • What Is NSO?
  • Logical Architecture
  • Components
  • What Does NSO Do?
  • Orchestration Use Cases
  • How Does NSO Work?
  • Introduction to NETCONF and YANG
  • Packages
  • Mapping Logic
  • Network Element Drivers
  • Resources and Training
  • Resources
  • Training

Module 2: Get Started with Cisco NSO

  • Installing Cisco NSO
  • Setup Overview
  • Cisco NSO Local Installation
  • Installing NEDs
  • Using NetSim
  • NETCONF Overview
  • Challenges of Network Management
  • Introduction to NETCONF
  • NETCONF Operation
  • Device Manager
  • Device Manager Overview
  • Device Configuration Management
  • Device Connection Management
  • Templates and Groups
  • Other Device Management Tools

Module 3: Service Manager Essentials

  • YANG Overview
  • Introduction to YANG
  • Other Representations of YANG
  • Data Types
  • XPath Overview
  • Basic YANG Statements
  • Can You Spot the Error?
  • Using Services
  • Package Architecture
  • Creating a Service Package
  • Sample Service Configuration
  • Service Template
  • YANG Service Model
  • Deploying a Service
  • Model –to-Model Mapping
  • Mapping Introduction
  • Mapping Logic
  • Template Processing

Module 4: Service Design and Cisco NSO Programmability

  • Service Design
  • Service Design Overview
  • Top-Down Approach
  • Bottom-Up Approach
  • Device Configuration
  • Service Model
  • Service Management
  • Service Management Tasks
  • Service Lifecycle Management Guidelines
  • NSO Programmability Introduction
  • NSO Programmability Overview
  • Python Service Skeleton
  • Creating a Service YANG Model
  • Creating a Service Template
  • Template Processing with Python

Module 5: Cisco NSO Flexibility

  • System Configuration and Troubleshooting
  • System Configuration
  • System Troubleshooting
  • Integration
  • Integration Options
  • NETCONF Server
  • Web Integration
  • SNMP Agent
  • Alarm Management and Reporting
  • Alarm Management
  • Reporting
  • Scalability and Performance
  • High Availability
  • High-Availability Cluster Communications
  • Clustering
  • Layered Service Architecture
  • Addressing Performance Limitations
  • Components and Function Packs
  • Function Packs
  • NFV Orchestration
  • Reactive FastMap

Lab 1: Installing Cisco NSO
Lab 2: Using Device Manager
Lab 3: Creating a Loopback Template Service
Lab 4: Creating a VLAN Template Service
Lab 5: Creating an L3VPN Template Service
Lab 6: Creating an SVI Python Template Service
Lab 7: Using NSO REST API with Postman

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