Cisco Enterprise Network Core and WAN Essentials (ENCWE)

The Enterprise Network Core and WAN Essentials course is designed to ensure Cisco Channel Partner system engineers (SE) can provide technical pre-sales engineering services to customers, including presenting, implementing and demonstrating rich Cisco application experience solutions such as Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Cloud Connector, TrustSec and Wide Area Application Services (WAAS).

Target Audience

Engineers involved in the deployment of Enterprise Network solutions and those looking to achieve Channel Partner Accreditation


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Recognize current Cisco Enterprise IP WAN technologies and the role of managed WANs
  • Describe technical overview of Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution architecture, benefits and key components as well as its management
  • Demonstrate and implement the features that comprise an IWAN deployment, including IWAN deployment in relation to Cisco Prime Infrastructure, implementing Transport Independent Design, Implementing Intelligent Path Control with PfR, leveraging Application Visibility and Control (AVC) for application visibility, adding Hierarchical Quality of Service (HQoS) for application control, and IPv6 considerations
  • Implement and demonstrate the features of Cisco WAAS
  • Implement and demonstrate the ability to secure WAN connectivity from the branch
  • Implement and demonstrate the features of UCS-E with vWAAS, present the value proposition of Cloud Connectors as well as new Cisco Akamai Solution
  • Explain the main objectives of IWAN solution objectives, positioning, architecture, differentiators and use cases


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • IP addressing and Basic WAN Routing Knowledge - ICND1 Recommended
  • Basic server knowledge (VM-ware, Citrix, Hyper-V)

Testing and Certification

Recommended as preparation for exam:

  • 500-452 - ENCWE - Enterprise Networks Core and WAN Exam

This exam is required for system engineers looking to achieve the SE role requirements for the Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialisation

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Enterprise IP WAN Technologies

  • Describing the Enterprise WAN Architecture
  • Deploying WAN Transport Models
  • Explaining IPSec VPN Fundamentals
  • Identifying WAN Routing Topologies
  • Describing WAN QoS
  • Integrating Services
  • Comparing Self- and SP-Managed WAN

Cisco Intelligent WAN

  • Introducing Cisco IWAN Architecture
  • Describing Transport Independent Design
  • Describing Intelligent Path Control
  • Optimizing Application Performance
  • Protecting IWAN with Secure Connectivity
  • Managing the IWAN

IWAN Deployment

  • Utilizing Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Implementing Transport Independent Design
  • Deploying AVC for Application Visibility
  • Implementing Intelligent Path Control with Performance Routing
  • Adding Hierarchical Quality of Service
  • Planning for IPv6
  • Utilizing Cisco Prime Infrastructure Plug and Play

Cisco WAN Optimization Solution

  • Positioning and Describing the WAAS Value Proposition
  • Identifying the WAAS Platforms
  • Describing the WAAS Technology, Deployment Options, and Sizing
  • Deploying WAAS as Part of an IWAN Solution

Cisco IWAN Secure Connectivity

  • Secure Threat Overview
  • Securing the Connectivity
  • Securing Direct Internet Access
  • Implementing Full Services Direct Internet Access
  • Reviewing Direct Internet Access Use Cases
  • Describing Cisco Trustsec in the Branch
  • Reviewing a Netflow Security Application Example: Cisco Cyber Threat Defense
  • Describing IOS Hardening
  • Reviewing the IWAN Customer Scenario

Trends in Branch-Office Implementations

  • Describing the Cisco UCS E-Series
  • Describing Cisco Cloud Connectors
  • Describing Cisco Unified Border Element
  • Demonstrating Your Knowledge of the Cisco IWAN


  • Lab 1: Discovering Enterprise IP - WAN Topology
  • Lab 2: Transport Independent Design using DMVPN
  • Lab 3: Application Optimization - Application Visibility
  • Lab 4: Application Optimization - QoS Control
  • Lab 5: Intelligent Path Control - Using PfR
  • Lab 6: WAAS Deployment and Management