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Network Automation 2020.x Essentials (NA120)


Course Overview

The Network Automation 2020.x Essentials training class is designed for Network Engineers and Administrators. This course teaches the skills needed to successfully implement Micro Focus Network Automation to manage small, medium, or large networked enterprises. Participants get the opportunity to learn the skills required to develop advanced scripts and use change plans to implement device configuration changes. The course covers how to create and use policies that enforce security best practices. The course also covers how to integrate external applications using the NA API and how to develop customer device drivers. The hands-on lab exercises in this course use Network Automation software version 2020.02.

Who should attend

Network engineers or administrators who are responsible for maintaining the configuration and policy compliance of a network infrastructure and Consultants who want to implement and add value to customers’ NA installations.


To be successful in this course, you should have the following prerequisites or knowledge.
  • Familiarity with networking terms and concepts
  • Familiarity with web browsers and telnet or SSH connection methods
  • Familiarity with different flavors of operating system environments

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the basic components and functions of NA
  • Add and delete devices
  • Create groups for device management
  • Run tasks against devices and groups
  • Create, edit, and use templates and change plans
  • Create and use policies for compliance
  • Create and use reports
  • Plan for an NA installation
  • Use NA to upgrade device operating systems
  • Create and use workflows for change control
  • Describe the NA application programming interface (API) and what it can do
  • Describe the NA Network Driver Studio (NDS)

Course Content

Module 1: Course Overview
  • Identify the contents and objectives of the course
  • Define the class schedule and class logistics
  • Identify the related courses
  • Discuss the lab environment details
Module 2: Network Automation Overview
  • Describe the features of NA software
  • Describe the NA system architecture:
    • Tiered architecture
    • Driver architecture
    • Identify the concepts and terminology associated with NA
    • Describe the NA user interface
Module 3: Device Management
  • Identify the device authentication process
  • Add devices
  • Describe the auto-discovery process
  • Import devices from a .csv file
  • Search for devices
  • Edit, view, and deploy a configuration
  • Compare device configuration versions
  • Perform a bare metal install
  • Provision a device from a device template
Module 4: Device Access Methods, Device Groups, and Tasks
  • Explain device access methods
  • Identify the connection methods in NA
  • Identify the transfer protocols in NA
  • Differentiate between device groups and parent groups
  • Differentiate between Partitions and Realms
  • Configure device groups
  • Identify the major task types available in NA
  • Create, manage, and perform device tasks
Module 5: Change Plans
  • Explain Change Plans and the supported features
  • Identify the common operations you can do using Change Plans
  • Edit and configure Change Plans
  • Deploy Change Plans
Module 6: Scripting and Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Explain the Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Create, edit, and run ACL scripts
  • Create, edit, and use identity resource pools
Module 7: Deploying Software Images and Using the Command- Line Interface
  • Understand procedure for upgrade of software images using NA
  • Prepare for updating a software image on a device
  • Upload and manage software images
  • Deploy software images
  • Use the CLI of NA to manage network devices
  • Create advanced scripts from (automatically) recorded user sessions
Module 8: Managing Policies
  • Explain the compliance life cycle
  • Manage configuration policies, including:
    • Creating configuration policies
    • Editing configuration policies
    • Export and import configuration policies
    • Review policy activity
    • Test configurations against policies
    • Review the Policy Subscription Service
Module 9: Managing Reports
  • Identify the different reports available in the NA system
  • Explain the use of the Statistics dashboard
  • Search for reports
  • Create and view the following reports
Module 10: Task Troubleshooting
  • Identify failed tasks
  • Explain how to read the task details
  • Troubleshoot failed tasks
  • Review common device issues
Module 11: Authorizing User Access
  • Plan for users, access, and authorization
  • Differentiate between roles and permissions
  • Create user accounts and user groups
  • Edit user accounts
  • Add users to user groups
  • Create partitions
  • Add users, user groups, devices, and device groups to partitions
Module 12: Workflows
  • Explain the workflow process
  • Create and manage workflows
Module 13: Installation and Planning
  • Identify the implementation requirements for installing the NA system, including the requirements for the:
    • Software requirements
    • Database requirements
    • Hardware requirements
    • Network requirements
  • Explain the NA implementation best practices
Module 14: Monitoring Server Health
  • Verify the server status with the built-in NA monitoring tools
  • Explain data pruning tasks
  • Configure and use Event Notification and Response Rules
Module 15: Administrative Settings
  • Explain the NA server administrative settings
  • Configure and manage the NA server administrative settings
Module 16: Administrative Troubleshooting
  • Identify NA-related problems
  • Diagnose NA-related problems
  • Isolate NA-related problems
  • Resolve NA-related problems
  • Locate additional references and support materials:
    • Contacting NA Support:
      • Reporting a problem
      • Knowledge Base
      • Class registration
      • Documentation
  • The Micro Focus Marketplace
Module 17: NA APIs
  • Explain NA API architecture
  • Describe the structure of APIs
  • Create simple Java/Perl code based on the NA API
  • Use Web Services API (WSAPI) with NA
Module 18: Creating a Device Driver Using the Network Driver Studio
  • Describe the contents of a device driver
  • Install Network Driver Studio (NDS)
  • Create an NDS project in Eclipse
  • Use NDS to create a device driver
  • Install your device driver on your NA server
  • Perform a driver discovery and snapshot with your device driver
  • Execute a command script with your device driver
Online Training

Duration 4 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • Country: DE
    1,760.- €
Classroom Training

Duration 4 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • Germany:
    Country: DE
    1,760.- €


This class will become guaranteed to run with one more student registration.
Instructor-led Online Training:   Course conducted online in a virtual classroom.
Time zone Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Online Training Time zone: Central European Summer Time (CEST)