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Introduction to the Itential Automation Platform

The course introduces learners to the Itential Automation Platform, its architecture, its web and API interfaces, and the low-code automation applications.

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About This Course

Estimated course duration: two to four hours

Welcome to IAP101, Introduction to the Itential Automation Platform (IAP). This is the starting point for all Itential Academy training. Learners must first complete this course before accessing other courses from the Itential Academy catalog.

This course describes the Itential Academy online training environment, its features, navigation, and views.

This course also explains network automation, modern automation goals, emerging technologies helping to create evolutionary progress in network automation, and where IAP fits in the automation ecosystem. The course describes IAP's internal architecture, describes IAP's web and API interfaces, explains IAP's administration views where platform administrators perform system tasks, and describes IAP's authentication and authorization model.

This course explains IAP's low-code, multi-domain automation features using hands-on labs. Learners will access live IAP instances integrated with OSS/BSS systems, device controllers, and devices to work hands-on labs. The course shows how to discover discrete capabilities through Itential's online guides and API documentation. Course labs demonstrate automated, scheduled network changes.

Attendees Will Learn

  • How to navigate Itential Academy course environments.
  • How access course news and wiki pages.
  • How to ask for course lecture clarity.
  • How to ask questions on lab environment and results.
  • How to open a support case to report problems with courses.
  • Modern network automation goals, technologies.
  • Where IAP fits within the automation ecosystem and IAP's architecture.
  • IAP's web and API interfaces and administration views.
  • IAP's authentication and authorization model.
  • IAP's low-code, multi-domain automation features.
  • IAP integrations.
  • How to build low-code intelligent, network-aware workflows.
  • How to locate, add, and configure workflow tasks.
  • How to use external systems’ integrations in workflows.

Course lectures begin with foundational concepts and incrementally add topics for a broader understanding. Learners will test their understandings through quizzes. Learners will execute on their new knowledge by building low-code automations in hands-on labs.

Learners will build an automated, scheduled device configuration update by integrating with OSS/BSS systems and Ansible.

Course Outline

Welcome and Introduction (Average time 15 minutes)

Course Learning Objectives
Before You Begin
Syllabus and Grading
Course Timing
Course Progress and Completion
Discussion Guidelines
Learning Aids
Meet Your Instructor

Chapter 1: Platform Architecture (60 min)

Case for Automation
Emerging Technologies
Introduce IAP
Automation Ecosystem
Business Logic Division
UI Walkthrough
Role-Based Access Control
Showcase Golden Config

Chapter 2: Workflow Builder (35 min)

What is a Workflow
Workflow Builder Overview
Workflow Builder Main View
Workflow Builder Edit View - Workflow Controls
Workflow Builder Edit View - Task Selector Panel
Workflow Builder Edit View - Canvas Controls
Lab 1: Build Your First Workflow

Chapter 3: Job Execution and Management (15 min)

Active Jobs
Job Manager
Lab 2: Job Management

Chapter 4: Automate Device Configuration (45 min)

Ansible Module Task ios_l3_interface
Parameter _hosts
Parameter name
Parameter ipv4
Lab 3: Automate Device Configuration

Chapter 5: Starting Jobs from Workflows (15 min)

Introducing the Automation Catalog
Automation Catalog Overview
Lab 4: Automation Catalog


Learners should have a basic understanding of computer networking, IP address subnetting, and IP address assignments.

Course Staff

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Andrew Austin

Andrew has 20 years experience working in network engineering and systems administration. He is experienced designing, building, troubleshooting, and managing IP/MPLS networks.

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