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New Training: NAPALM Network Automation

by Team Nuggets
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Published on March 2, 2021

In this 7-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer John McGovern highlights the power of using the NAPALM python library with Nornir to rapidly automate network configuration replacement and validation! Watch this new networking training.

Watch the full course: Advanced Network Automation with Cisco and Python

This training includes:

  • 7 videos

  • 1.2 hours of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • NAPALM Automation

  • NAPALM Backups

  • The Archive Feature

  • NAPALM Replace

  • Wireshark Testing

  • Feature Replace & Regex

  • NAPALM Validate

Is Nornir Automation the Right Choice for You?

IT lives and dies by automation today. The world of IT has become incredibly complex, so automation tools like Ansible and Nornir were created. Which tool is the right automation tool for your environment, though?

Though Ansible is a popular choice for IT automation, it can be restrictive. Ansible is based on YAML which makes it easy to learn but quickly shows its limitations. On the other hand, Nornir is Python-based. That means that Nornir's learning curve may be a little steeper, but it's much more powerful.

Unlike Ansible, Nornir has full access to Python. With the power of Python, an experienced developer can quickly create scripts for just about any purpose. If you need to automate switch deployment, update NTP servers, and analyze network traffic with AI, you can do that with Nornir. Likewise, because Nornir is built on and uses Python, those skills can be transferred to other tasks.

Nornir does require more work to configure, but it's an automation system that can have huge gains with long-term use.

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