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Python Programming for Cisco Networking Engineers Course

Python Programming for Cisco Networking Engineers Training Course


Course Description:

The Python Programming for Cisco Networking Engineers course is a 5-day hands-on lab-based course that is designed to teach students the basics of Python programming to the specific skills and tools needed to manage network devices en masse using programming and reduces implementation time for software-based technologies in a Cisco enterprise.

The course delivers a comprehensive Python programming experience for Cisco networking professionals to automate and manage across the entire Cisco networking product line. With a focus on the Python programming language, students will learn to write, edit, modify, and expand complex Python scripts to utilize APIs and data models to effectively automate Cisco networking tasks throughout the enterprise. This will allow students to create and implement Python programming to automate configuration and operational needs in a Cisco enterprise.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Writing and testing several functional Python scripts.
  • Writing, editing, modifying, and expanding complex Python scripts to utilize APIs and data models.
  • Using the following APIs to automate configuration and management of Cisco networking devices:
    • Paramiko
    • REST
    • XML
    • JSON
    • NETCONF
    • RESTCONF
  • Using the YANG and MIT data models to read and manage objects to automate configuration and management of Cisco networking devices.
  • Using the following DevOps / learning tools to enable efficient use of APIs and data models and effectively create Python scripts:
    • Postman
    • IDEs for both Windows and Linux
      • Notepad++
      • Sublime
      • PyCharm
      • Microsoft Visual Studio
      • Anaconda
      • Linux VI Editor
    • Lint tools for XML and JSON
    • Visore for Cisco Data Center
    • API Inspector for Cisco ACI
    • YANG Validator
  • Automate configuration of multiple Cisco devices.

Target Student:

Engineers who implement software-based technologies in a Cisco enterprise or configure/manage network devices.

Prerequisites: Students should possess the following experience before attending the course:

Knowledge of Cisco networking devices is required.
Knowledge of ACI is useful but not a prerequisite.
Knowledge of programming or Python is NOT required.

Training Dates
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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Fundamental Python programming
  • Python data structure
  • Using Python to read from and write to a file
  • Python loops and conditional code
  • GitHub
  • Programming Python Functions
  • Python Libraries, Packages, and Modules
  • Integrated Development Environments
  • Python code analysis and error handling
  • Cisco-supported APIs and automation protocols
  • Cisco IOS XE RESTCONF API
  • Cisco IOS XE NETCONF API
  • Cisco ASA REST API
  • Cisco Nexus NX-OS APIs
  • YANG data model
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
  • Cisco ACI whitelists
  • Extracting XML and JSON from the Cisco ACI
  • Modifying the ACI policy with Postman and Python
  • The Cisco ACI Visore tool
  • Cisco UCS topology
  • Configuring UCS with Python
  • LABS
  • Classroom Live Labs
  • Practice the effects of fundamental Python commands
  • Program Python data structure
  • Create Python scripts to interact with files
  • Write scripts to demonstrate Python loops and conditional code
  • Create a Python script
  • Share files using Git and GitHub
  • Write Python Functions
  • Write Python code of Modules and Packages
  • Implement Python code in IDEs
  • Debug and test Python code
  • Create, execute, and validate a Python script with an IDE
  • Explore and validate automation protocols
  • Perform a configuration change on an IOS XE device with the RESTCONF API
  • Perform a configuration change on an IOS XE device with the NETCONF API
  • Perform a configuration change on an ASA device with the REST API
  • Perform a configuration change on a Nexus NX-OS device using APIs
  • Troubleshoot existing Python scripts with an IDE
  • Analyze YANG files with the online YANG validator tool
  • Perform an ACI fabric discovery
  • Manually configure a Cisco ACI whitelist
  • Extract XML and JSON from the Cisco ACI
  • Utilize the API inspector and Postman to create Python scripts
  • Use the Cisco ACI Visore tool
  • Create a Python script to modify an ACI fabric
  • Manually configure Cisco UCS
  • Configure UCS with Python
  • Create a Python script to modify a UCS configuration
Labs:

In addition to coursework, students are provided hands-on labs that present students with real-world scenarios that they can bring directly to the workplace. With labs, you will:

  • Practice the effects of fundamental Python commands
  • Program Python data structure
  • Create Python scripts to interact with files
  • Write scripts to demonstrate Python loops and conditional code
  • Create a Python script
  • Share files using Git and GitHub
  • Write Python Functions
  • Write Python code of Modules and Packages
  • Implement Python code in IDEs
  • Debug and test Python code
  • Create, execute, and validate a Python script with an IDE
  • Explore and validate automation protocols
  • Perform a configuration change on an IOS XE device with the RESTCONF API
  • Perform a configuration change on an IOS XE device with the NETCONF API
  • Perform a configuration change on an ASA device with the REST API
  • Perform a configuration change on a Nexus NX-OS device using APIs
  • Troubleshoot existing Python scripts with an IDE
  • Analyze YANG files with the online YANG validator tool
  • Perform an ACI fabric discovery
  • Manually configure a Cisco ACI whitelist
  • Extract XML and JSON from the Cisco ACI
  • Utilize the API inspector and Postman to create Python scripts
  • Use the Cisco ACI Visore tool
  • Create a Python script to modify an ACI fabric
  • Manually configure Cisco UCS
  • Configure UCS with Python
  • Create a Python script to modify a UCS configuration

 

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