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Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects (v3.0) (NSO201)


Course Overview

The Cisco NSO Essentials for Programmers and Network Architects (NSO201) course introduces you to Cisco® Network Services Orchestrator (NSO). You will learn to install Cisco NSO and use it to manage devices and create services based on YANG templates with XPath. This course provides a brief overview of NSO as a network automation solution, as well as an introduction to NETCONF, YANG, and XPath. You will learn about service packages, network element drivers, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The course also covers service creation, device and configuration management, NSO maintenance, NSO options and integrations, and basic NSO troubleshooting.

Technology areas

  • Software-defined networking
  • Service provider

Who should attend

  • System installers
  • System integrators
  • System administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Solutions designers


Cisco require students to have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic knowledge of the Cisco Command-Line Interface (CLI) or the CLI of UNIX-like operating systems
  • Working knowledge of UNIX-based operating systems and basic tasks
  • Basic knowledge of programming constructs and YANG data modeling
  • Basic knowledge of Python programming
  • Basic knowledge of the NETCONF communication protocol
  • Knowledge of XML data structures and schemas
  • Basic management of network components (routers, switches, etc.)

The following Cisco courses can help you gain the necessary background

  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) (on demand)
  • !CI-NPDESI, especially modules 1 and 3

Course Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Learn to install Cisco NSO
  • Gain confidence with NSO configuration and basic troubleshooting
  • Practice designing and managing services with YANG models

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain transactional service activation and how it relates to business requirements
  • Explain the benefits and uses of Cisco NSO
  • Explain how Cisco NSO communicates with network devices
  • Understand the NETCONF protocol and be able to read and write simple YANG models
  • Install NSO and describe how NSO uses NETCONF and the Device Manager component
  • Understand the difference between devices that are fully NETCONF capable and those that are less or not NETCONF capable
  • Explain the YANG service model structure
  • Describe how YANG is used with NSO, create and deploy a service, and explain NSO FASTMAP
  • Design and manage services with YANG models
  • Perform NSO configuration and basic troubleshooting, and describe the following NSO features: integration options, alarms and reporting, scalability and performance options, and available function packs
  • Use logs to troubleshoot the Cisco NSO deployment and check NSO communication with network devices
  • Explain the mapping logic of service parameters to device models and consequently to device configurations
  • Describe the use of different integration options and APIs
  • Explain the use of Reactive FASTMAP for manipulating and implementing advanced Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components
  • Describe the use of feature components and function packs
  • Define and explain the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Open Source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) principles and solution
  • Work with the alarm console, and understand the NSO alarm structure and how it conforms to modern network operations procedures

Course Content

  • Introduction to Cisco NSO
  • Getting started with NSO
  • Service Manager Essentials
  • Service Design and Cisco NSO Programmability
  • Cisco NSO Flexibility
Classroom Training

Duration 4 days

Price (excl. VAT)
  • United Kingdom: US$ 4,000.-
Online Training

Duration 4 days

Price (excl. VAT)
  • United Kingdom: US$ 4,000.-
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Duration 180 days

Price (excl. VAT)
  • United Kingdom: £ 1,539.-
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United Kingdom
27/04/2020 ― 30/04/2020 Online Training Time zone: Europe/London Course language: English Enroll
16/06/2020 ― 19/06/2020 London Enroll
14/07/2020 ― 17/07/2020 Frankfurt Course language: English Enroll
11/08/2020 ― 14/08/2020 Paris Course language: English Enroll
25/05/2020 ― 28/05/2020 Online Training Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam Course language: English Enroll
North America
United States
07/04/2020 ― 10/04/2020 guaranteed date! Online Training Time zone: US/Pacific Course language: English Enroll
05/05/2020 ― 08/05/2020 Online Training Time zone: US/Central Course language: English Enroll
09/06/2020 ― 12/06/2020 San Jose, CA Enroll
06/07/2020 ― 09/07/2020 Research Triangle Park, NC Enroll
04/08/2020 ― 07/08/2020 Chicago, IL Enroll
Asia Pacific
18/08/2020 ― 21/08/2020 Sydney Enroll
18/05/2020 ― 21/05/2020 Online Training Time zone: Asia/Calcutta Course language: English Enroll
21/07/2020 ― 24/07/2020 Singapore Enroll
Middle East
United Arab Emirates
22/06/2020 ― 25/06/2020 Dubai Course language: English This course is being delivered by iTLS. Enroll