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Installing Cisco DNA Center appliance: Knows about Ports

Installing Cisco Datacenter appliance: Knows about Ports

DNA center is hosted on the DNA center appliances and these DNA center appliances are UCS based Gen 1 or Gen 2 chassis. 

Gen 1 (Generation 1) UCS based chassis is already retired and now Cisco offers Gen 2 ( Generation 2) UCS chassis to host DNA center

You can setup a standalone Chassis or setup DNA center on 3 node cluster minimum. Before we go with the ports available on the Cisco DNA center lets talk about the basics of the Cisco DNA center first.

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What is Cisco DNA Center?

The Cisco DNA center is a network management platform that allows for the centralized control and automation of business network operations. It is intended to make management of contemporary networks with a diverse set of devices, applications, and services easier. Cisco DNA center is based on software-defined networking (SDN) architecture and provides a unified management interface for the complete network infrastructure.

Network administrators may use Cisco DNA center to automate regular processes like device configuration and policy enforcement to decrease the risk of human mistake and increase network stability. Additionally, the platform features extensive analytics and insights that assist administrators in troubleshooting issues and optimizing network performance.

Cisco DNA center is intended to work with a variety of Cisco network equipment, including as switches, routers, wireless access points, and security appliances. It also contains APIs and connectors for integrating with third-party products and platforms.

Ports on Cisco DNA Center Appliance 

Installing Cisco Datacenter appliance: Knows about Ports
Fig 1.1- Cisco DNA Center Appliance & Ports

Management Port (1, eno1/enp53s0f0, Network Adapter 1): The management port allows users to access the Cisco DNA center GUI and operate the software on the device. Connect this port to a switch that is connected to your enterprise management network, then configure the port with one IP address and a subnet mask.

Cloud Port (eno2/enp53s0f1, Network Adapter 2): Use this port only if you are unable to connect the appliance to the Internet (including your Internet proxy server) using the 10-Gbps enterprise port (enp94s0f0/enp69s0f0, Network Adapter 3). If you need to use the cloud port, connect it to a switch with connections to your Internet proxy server and provide the port a single IP address with a subnet mask.

Enterprise Port (enp94s0f0/enp69s0f0, Network Adapter 3): This port's purpose is to allow Cisco DNA center to connect with and manage your network. Connect this port to a switch with connections to the corporate network and assign the port one IP address with a subnet mask.

Cluster Port (enp94s0f1/enp69s0f1, Network Adapter 4): This port's purpose is to allow communication between primary and add-on nodes in a cluster. Connect this port to a switch with connections to the other nodes in the cluster, and assign the port one IP address with a subnet mask.

CIMC Port: This port allows browser access to the out-of-band appliance management interface and GUI of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC). Its objective is to provide you with the ability to handle the appliance and its components. Connect this port to a switch that is connected to your enterprise management network and assign the port an IP address with a subnet mask.

Do read these for installing DNA Center..

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