Changing Exam Track to ENAUTO 300-435 and also starting a reddit community r/ENAUTO for those interested in joining!

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After a decade of the Cisco IOS CLI command prompt, I am trading it in for Bash Shell, Python Terminal, and anything else that will give me a blinking cursor to program something to automate part of the network 🙂

I have just gotten back my All-Access Pass to INE with a TON of Programability / Automation videos to dig into, so I will be back on here with a TON of actually helpful blogs rather than spinning my wheels trying to figure out how to code!

With all that out of the way, here is the Blueprint I shall be mastering for exam day:

Below is the 300-435 ENAUTO Blueprint of Topics I will need to cover for the exam

1.0 Network Programmability Foundation

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1.1 Utilize common version control operations with git (add, clone, push, commit, diff, branching, merging conflict)

1.2 Describe characteristics of API styles (REST and RPC)

1.3 Describe the challenges encountered and patterns used when consuming APIs synchronously and asynchronously

1.4 Interpret Python scripts containing data types, functions, classes, conditions, and looping

1.5 Describe the benefits of Python virtual environments

1.6 Explain the benefits of using network configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet for automating IOS XE platforms

2.0 Automate APIs and Protocols

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2.1 Identify the JSON instance based on a YANG model

2.2 Identify the XML instance based on a YANG model

2.3 Interpret a YANG module tree generated per RFC8340

2.4 Compare functionality, benefits, and uses of OpenConfig, IETF, and native YANG models

2.5 Compare functionality, benefits, and uses of NETCONF and RESTCONF

3.0 Network Device Programmability

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3.1 Implement device management and monitoring using NetMiko

3.2 Construct a Python script using ncclient that uses NETCONF to manage and monitor an IOS XE device

3.3 Configure device using RESTCONF API utilizing Python requests library

3.4 Utilize Ansible to configure an IOS XE device

3.5 Configure a subscription for model driven telemetry on an IOS XE device (CLI, NETCONF, and RESTCONF)

3.6 Compare publication and subscription telemetry models

  • 3.6.a Periodic / cadence
  • 3.6.b On-change

3.7 Describe the benefits and usage of telemetry data in troubleshooting the network

3.8 Describe Day 0 provisioning methods

  • 3.8.a iPXE
  • 3.8.b PnP
  • 3.8.c ZTP

4.0 Cisco DNA Center

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4.1 Compare traditional versus software-defined networks

4.2 Describe the features and capabilities of Cisco DNA Center

  • 4.2.a Network assurance APIs
  • 4.2.b Intent APIs
  • 4.2.c Multivendor support (3rd party SDKs)
  • 4.2.d Events and notifications

4.3 Implement Cisco DNA Center event outbound webhooks

4.4 Implement API requests for Cisco DNA Center to accomplish network management tasks

  • 4.4.a Intent APIs
  • 4.4.b Command Runner APIs
  • 4.4.c Site APIs

4.5 Implement API requests for Cisco DNA Center to accomplish network management tasks using these APIs

  • 4.5.a Network discovery and device APIs
  • 4.5.b Template APIs (Apply a template)

4.6 Troubleshoot Cisco DNA Center automation process using Intent APIs

5.0 Cisco SD-WAN

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5.1 Describe features and capabilities of Cisco SD-WAN vManage Certificate Management APIs

5.2 Implement a Python script to perform API requests for Cisco SD-WAN vManage Device Inventory APIs to retrieve and display data

5.3 Construct API requests for Cisco SD-WAN vManage Administration APIs

5.4 Implement a Python script to perform API requests for Cisco SD-WAN vManage Configuration APIs to modify Cisco SD-WAN fabric configuration

5.5 Construct API requests for Cisco SD-WAN vManage Monitoring APIs (Including real-time)

5.6 Troubleshoot a Cisco SD-WAN deployment using vManage APIs

6.0 Cisco Meraki

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6.1 Describe features and capabilities of Cisco Meraki

  • 6.1.a Location Scanning APIs
  • 6.1.b MV Sense APIs
  • 6.1.c External Captive Portal APIs
  • 6.1.d WebHook Alert APIs

6.2 Create a network using Cisco Meraki APIs

6.3 Configure a network using Cisco Meraki APIs

6.4 Implement a Python script for Cisco Meraki Alert WebHooks

Keep in mind I have zero programming knowledge as of now, I will be starting a Linux course soon here, and moving onto Python to get those basics down – So this will be an uphill battle both ways through the snow for me and I am ready for it! 🙂

So my first objective will be learning Linux commands, which I won’t get too far into here I don’t believe, however whatever knowledge I feel is relevant to Network Automation success I will be posting up for others who are joining the struggle!

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