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SD-WAN Cisco Sandbox

 

Want to get started using network automation, but don't have a suitable home lab? Cisco, as always, has you covered.

The sandbox has configurations with special programming languages (For lack of a more clarifying term) like Ansible, YAML, or JSON, and probably Python.

It's reminiscent of Cisco Live's Capture the Flag games, which I've participated in before.



The site within the sandbox does not have full connectivity; Is redundancy set up? Are two routers connected to each other and one not?

There's more info if you scroll to the right - "Device groups", "up since", "connected vManage", which is an SD-WAN controller that ensures visibility and control from end-to-end.
 

You'll notice TCP Optimization isn't reachable. This chart is the activity over 24 hours. If I sort by a smaller amount of time - say 1 or 3 - there is no data to show.


Here's a reachable device.




and here are the active interfaces [vedge01 4.4.4.60]





Let's ping from .60 to .61




Packet loss is getting worse, despite being (presumably, based on the IP addressing scheme) directly connected.

Let's check out an alarm;

I love how 'probable causes' are 'Your guess is as good as mine'. Despite the hoops to jump through to be hired as a network engineer, that's all it really is.

 Let's look at the templates section instead.



'BANNER TEMPLATE'...such as the login banner? # AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY#


This is just an interactive (somewhat) overlook on how to manage SD-WAN


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