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Python for Network Automation

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Course description

Python for Network Automation

This course is driven by demonstration and reinforced by hands-on labs for learning Python for Network Automation. Maximize your networking skill set by learning to script solutions to tedious, complex and oftentimes overwhelming networking tasks.

Automate front end interfaces, interact with APIs, open Telnet and SSH sessions, read and write data out of popular file types (including Excel), transform data between popular data structures like JSON and YAML, and most importantly, learn to interact with switches and routers across the most popular network vendors using multiple Python libraries.

Upcoming start dates

Choose between 2 start dates

Private Team Training delivered On-site or Virtually

  • On-site
  • United States of America

Private Team Training delivered Virtually

  • Webinar
  • Online

Who should attend?


Keyboard proficiency, and some basic understanding of network concepts is the only hard requirement. Students with some previous exposure to Python, any another scripting experience, will take the most from the course. In lieu of any scripting experience, Alta3 Research’s Python Basics course is recommended.

Who Should Attend

This course was written for networking professionals looking to expand their capabilities by automating their workload with Python. This includes: Network Engineers, Network Architects, System Admins, DevOps Engineers, Cisco Certified Professionals (CCNA, CCNP, CCIE), and developers interested in network programmability with Python.

Training content

Reviewing Python Essentials

  • Version Controlling Code
  • Up and running with Python (installing on various platforms)
  • Lists
  • Dictionaries
  • File Input and Output
  • Functions
  • Methods
  • Review of the Standard Library
  • Using pip and

Python and Data translation

  • JSON
  • YAML
  • CSV
  • Excel

Python and RESTful APIs

  • RESTful APIs decoded
  • Reading attachments
  • API keying
  • Passing credentials securely
  • Standard Library Solution
  • 3rd party library solutions

Automating SMTP and Extended SMTP (Email)

  • SMTP
  • Extended SMTP
  • Automating Email solutions
  • Setting headers and creating a body
  • Attachments
  • Google Gmail considerations
  • Microsoft considerations

Completing Webforms with Python

  • Web Scraping
  • Automating front-ends with code
  • Selenium for Automation
  • Completing webforms
  • Filling in data with data from open files
  • How to select ‘buttons’
  • How to make ‘clicks’

Python and Telnet

  • RFC 854 - Telnet Protocol
  • Standard Library Solution

Python and SSH

  • Standard Library Solution
  • Paramiko
  • Passing commands and capturing responses
  • Parsing remote logs

Automating Switches and Routers with Python

  • Netmiko
  • Push / Pull Configuration
  • Retrieve information about devices
  • Manage the devices configuration
  • Connecting and Running a Command on a Networking Device
  • Enable & Global Config Mode
  • Configure a Networking Device from a File
  • Configuration Backup using Netmiko
  • VLAN & VXLAN management
  • BGP & OSPF Management
  • Solutions for HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP

Automating Networks with Python NAPALM

  • Installation
  • Tutorials
  • Validating deployments
  • Supported Devices
  • Command Line Tool
  • NetworkDriver
  • YANG
  • napalm-logs
  • Integrations

Python and Network Captures

  • Wireshark
  • TCPDump
  • Decoding network captures with Python
  • *.pcap files
  • *.pcap-ng files
  • Parsing network captures
  • Regular Expression Library

Optimizations and Securit

  • Multiprocessing and Multithreading
  • Examples of running in parallel
  • Cost and Benefit Considerations
  • Secure hashes and digests
  • MD5, SHA, and OpenSSL Options
  • Encrypting content
  • Considerations for credentials
  • Securely passing input

Overview of Ansible (optional)

  • Relationship of Ansible and Python
  • Overview and Installing
  • Where YAML fits
  • Modules for Cisco, Juniper, Arista, and other major vendors
  • Constructing the playbook
  • Applications of Python versus Ansible
  • Writing an Ansible module with Python


  • Live Webinar fee: $1,795.00
  • Contact the provider for more information about pricing for on-site delivery option

Continuing studies

Follow-on Courses

APIs and API Design with Python

Python and Ansible for Network Automation

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