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This is a five day instructor-led course will teach learners how to design and deploy a solution using Cisco WAAS that improves application performance over the WAN while enabling infrastructure consolidation. The learner will also understand Cisco WAAS optimization technology, design considerations, network integration, and system troubleshooting aspects.

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Upon completing this course, the student will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Cisco Wide-Area Application Services
  • Cisco WAAS Appliances
  • Cisco WAAS Installation
  • Implementation, Integration, and Management
  • Cisco APPNAV
  • Advanced Cisco WAAS Configuration
  • Cisco WAAS Design
  • Cisco WAAS Application Optimizers
  • Akamai Connect
  • Cisco WAAS Troubleshooting

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

Module 1: Cisco Wide-Area Application Services

  • Introducing Cisco WAAS 6.23
    • Identify the performance barriers created by the WAN
    • Define how Cisco WAAS technologies help enable application delivery and infrastructure consolidation
    • Describe the centralized management features of Cisco WAAS including the new GUI interface
    • Describe the optimization technologies provided by Cisco WAAS
    • Identify the need for application-specific acceleration
    • Describe inline configuration and off-path configuration deployment options for Cisco WAVE devices and describe when to use each option
    • Describe the security features integrated into Cisco WAAS
    • Describe the functionality and positioning of Cisco vWAAS in the data center
    • Describe Cisco ISR WAAS running on 4400 Series Routers
    • Describe the Cisco WAAS high availability features

Module 2: Cisco WAAS Appliances

  • Introducing Cisco WAAS Appliances
    • ENCS Platforms

Module 3: Cisco WAAS Installation

Installation and Configuring the Virtual Environment

  • ESXi
    • Overview of ESXi
    • Deploying VWAAS OVAs
    • VCenter Overview
    • Creating Standard and Distributed Networks
    • Monitoring ESXi
    • Troubleshooting ESXi Installing
  • 4400 Series Routers
    • 4400 Series Overview
    • Creating application Containers
    • Deploying ISR WAAS
    • Enabling ISR-WAAS on a Cisco ISR 4451-X Using the EZConfig Program
    • Upgrading ISR WAAS and IOS-XE
    • Downgrading ISR WAAS and IOS-XE

 Installing and Configuring Cisco VWAAS 6.x

  • Describe how to physically deploy Cisco VWAAS , within the network, to provide a simple method of network integration
  • Perform the initial installation of the designated Cisco WAVE appliance providing Cisco WAAS Central Manager functionality
  • Perform the initial installation of all Cisco WAVE appliances that are configured as accelerators

Module 4: Implementation, Integration, and Management

Implementing Cisco WAAS Central Management

  • Access Central Manager and describe its high-level purpose
  • Describe the device-specific configuration functions of Central Manager, including how to activate devices within a Cisco WAAS topology
  • Manage Cisco WAAS licenses
  • Configure device groups and assign devices to device groups
  • Use the Central Manager to monitor Cisco VWAASs
  • Distribute a Cisco VWAAS software image to multiple devices and control the installation of software versions using the Central Manager
  • Configure system settings using Central Manager
  • Configure users and roles to control administrative privileges
  • Configure high-availability options for Central Manager

Configuring Application Traffic Policies

  • Describe the purpose and use of application traffic policies
  • Analyze the default application traffic policy that can be used to minimize administrative configuration tasks
  • Describe Cisco IOS features that provide prioritization and control in a Cisco WAAS network
  • Configure an application policy
  • Use policy maps to assign a classifier to an application
  • Monitor Cisco WAAS optimizations and their effectiveness using the Cisco WAVE device CLI and the Central Manager

Configuring Cisco VWAAS Virtualization

  • Describe the purpose and use of virtualization
  • Configuring vWAAS
    • Configuring vWAAS Settings
    • Configuring vWAAS Traffic Interception
  •  Identifying a vWAAS Device
    • Identifying a vWAAS Device with the WAAS CM
    • Identifying a vWAAS Device with the WAAS CLI
  • Identifying a vWAAS Model
    • Identifying a vWAAS Model with the WAAS CM
    • Identifying a vWAAS Model with the WAAS CLI
    • Displaying Version Information

Module 5: Cisco APPNAV


  • Describe the Features and Benefits of APPNAV
  • APPNAV Solutions
    • Appliance
    • WAVE Modules
    •  ISR AX APPNAV Solutions
  • Describe the process of Implementing APPNAV in a Cisco WAAS Environment.
  • Examine IN-Path  and Off-Path  Flow Distribution
  • Identify the common issues that are encountered in Cisco WAAS deployments
  • Explore APPNAV High Availability Options

Installing APPNAV Controllers

  • Appliance
  • WAVE Modules
  • ISR AX

APPNAV-XE Controller Configuration

  •  Configuring AppNav Controller Groups
  • Configuring Service Node Groups
  • Configuring AppNav Class Maps
  • Configuring AppNav Policy Maps
  • Configuring Service Contexts
  • Enabling AppNav Interception

Monitoring the APPNAV Controller

  • Checking the Status of the AppNav Controller
  • Checking the Membership of the AppNav Controller Group
  • Displaying Detailed Information About Service Node Groups and Service Nodes
  • Displaying Class Maps and Policy Maps
  • Displaying Service Context Information
  • Displaying Data Path Statistics
  • Displaying Alarms

AppNav Troubleshooting-XE

  • AppNav-XE Debug Commands
  • AppNav Service Node Auto Discovery Debug Commands
  • Container Debug Commands
  • EZConfig Debug Commands

AppNav Troubleshooting

  • In-Path (Inline) Interception
  • Off-Path (WCCP) Interception
  • Configuring and Verifying WCCP Interception on the Router
  • Network Connectivity Troubleshooting
  • Passing Through Specific Traffic
  • Disabling an Inline ANC
  • Disabling an Off-Path ANC
  • AppNav Cluster Troubleshooting
    o AppNav Alarms
    o Central Manager Monitoring
    o AppNav CLI Commands for Monitoring Cluster and Device Status
    o AppNav CLI Commands for Monitoring Flow Distribution Statistics
    o AppNav CLI Commands for Debugging Connections
    o AppNav CLI Commands for Debugging Connections
    o Connection Tracing
    o AppNav Debug Logging


Module 6: Advanced Cisco WAAS Configuration

Introducing Cisco WAAS Traffic Interception

  • Describe how Cisco WAVEs can be deployed physically in-path within the network to provide a simple method of network integration
  • Describe how Cisco WAAS can be deployed in an off-path configuration
  • Describe how Cisco WAAS can leverage Cisco vPath in a virtualized data center environment

Configuring Advanced Cisco WAVE Features

  • Configure Cisco WAVE network modules as accelerators
  • Configure WCCPv2 on the Cisco WAVE and on the network router or switch
  • Configure WCCPv2 load distribution
  • Verify connectivity to Cisco WAVEs and WCCPv2 communication
  • Configure Cisco WAVE interfaces

Module 7: Cisco WAAS Design

Planning a Cisco WAAS Network Design

  • Describe the key areas of understanding that are required to adequately design a Cisco WAAS solution
  • Describe how Cisco WAAS maintains network transparency and minimizes impact to features that rely on packet header visibility
  • Describe the considerations you should be aware of prior to deploying Cisco WAAS
  • Plan the WCCPv2 configuration to achieve design requirements
  • Describe how Cisco WAAS supports environments that encounter asymmetric routing
  • Analyze the performance and scalability characteristics of each Cisco WAVE platform and understand the positioning of each within the network infrastructure

Planning and Executing a Cisco WAAS Site Survey

  • Identify the key areas required for a Cisco WAAS site survey
  • Analyze which available interception methods is appropriate for different customer scenarios
  • Identify applications to be accelerated
  • Limit the scope of testing
  • Identify sizing information and use the sizing tool

Module 8: Cisco WAAS Application Optimizers

Configuring CIFS Optimization

  • Analyze the need for application-specific acceleration
  • Describe the acceleration capabilities provided by Cisco WAAS for the CIFS protocol
  • Configure CIFS optimization, including SMB signing
  • Monitor CIFS optimization
  • Configure CIFS preposition

Configuring TFO Optimization

  • Describe the need for TFO application-specific acceleration
  • Configure Cisco WAAS TFO optimization

Configuring SSL and Optimization

  • Configure Cisco WAAS SSL optimization

Configuring MS-port-mapper Optimization

Configuring ica Optimization

Configuring mapi Optimization

Configuring NFS Optimization

Configuring Video Optimization

Module 9: Akamai Connect

Akamai Connect Overview

Configuring Akamai Connect

Module 10: Cisco WAAS Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Introduction

  • Describe the process of troubleshooting Cisco WAAS
  • Identify the common issues that are encountered in Cisco WAAS deployments
  • Introduce the troubleshooting utility in the Cisco WAAS Central Manager
  • Troubleshoot disk configuration of Cisco appliances used in a Cisco WAAS deployment
  • Validate Cisco WAVE platform liveliness and connectivity
  • Troubleshoot Cisco WAAS management services
  • Describe Cisco WAVE reporting and notification capabilities

Troubleshooting Network Interception

  • Describe the process of troubleshooting network interception
  • Troubleshoot inline interception
  • Troubleshoot WCCPv2 interception
  • Troubleshoot egress methods
  • Troubleshoot autodiscovery

Troubleshooting WAN Optimization

  • Describe the process of troubleshooting WAN optimization
  • Examine the policy applied to a flow, the configured policy, and the negotiated policy
  • Examine optimized and pass through connections on the Cisco WAVE
  • Interpret TFO transaction logs
  • Examine compression statistics and troubleshoot compression

Troubleshooting Cisco vWAAS

  • Describe the process of troubleshooting Cisco vWAAS
  • Troubleshoot Cisco vWAAS

Troubleshooting Cisco WAAS Express

  • Troubleshoot the Cisco WAAS Express solution
  • Monitor the Cisco WAAS Express server


Lab 1: Installing the Central Manager
Lab 2: Installing and Configuring Cisco VWAAS
Lab 3: Installing and Configuring Cisco ISR-WAAS
Lab 4: Configuring Cisco APPNAV
Lab 5: Configure WAAS Central Manager
Lab 6: Configure and Optimize – Application Optimizers
Lab 7: Monitoring Cisco WAAS and APPNAV
Lab 8: Reporting on Cisco WAAS and APPNAV
Lab 9: Configuring Akamai Connect
Lab 10: Troubleshoot Cisco ISR-WAAS and VWAAS