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Network Device Onboarding with Cisco DNA Center

Get the most out of your intent-based networking solution

Your Cisco DNA Center Journey for Network Device Onboarding

The resources on this page will walk you through the steps required for network device onboarding.

Use the steps below to begin your setup, starting with Onboard. And don't worry: Your journey doesn't end with the Use phase. Stay tuned for additional resources to help you engage, adopt, and optimize your Cisco DNA Center.



To begin the first phase of your setup, follow the actions below. Click each step for a list of resources to guide you through the suggested actions.

Get to know Cisco DNA Center and plan your project

Get to know Cisco Smart Accounts

Get started with Cisco DNA Center


Ready to build upon your initial setup? The actions in this phase will help you build and scale your network. Click each step for associated resources.

Discover your network with Cisco DNA Center

Build your network and site hierarchy

Complete your automation configuration

  • Adding devices to a site - Discover how to add devices to a site in order to add them to a Cisco SD-Access infrastructure.

Scale your endpoint deployment to more than 250 client devices


To complete the next phase of your setup, follow the steps below. Each one is accompanied by resources to guide you through the necessary actions.

Validate your network hierarchy; ensure images are in Plug-and-Play repository

Create the Plug-and-Play device onboarding configuration template

Create the Plug-and-Play network profile and assign it to a site

Onboard devices via planned or unclaimed provisioning

Scale the network infrastructure

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