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Pondering Automation: How I Saved a bundle by switching to CPO

Cisco Employee

Hello all out there in Automation Land! I hope the seasons find you well as summer turns into fall... however, here in houston, it's just extended summer! Kids are going back to school, pigskin based sports are in full swing, and things just seem right.


In this blog I decided to change my training style a bit and go with a suggestion from a very intelligent friend of mine here in Cisco and see if it helps or works better! In this video I will talk you through the manual process and then show you my development routine and how I take a use-case from beginning to automation. In this you can automate many things and you can save yourself, your company, your co-workers time, money, and effort. Savings as little as 5 minutes/day up to millions of dollars if you do things right.


"The Use Case": In this case, we want to create tons(maybe thousands) of targets in CPO(windows, terminal, unix/linux, etc). And it would take us hours and hours and maybe days to do it manually in the target section. Instead we can read those in from a text file and create them automatically in CPO and then do something with them. We can do all this using the NorthBound Web Services and some fancy automation in CPO. I have included both the Automation Function Tools tap and the example tap below in a "zipped" format. Please unzip before importing. I do suggest you try without importing my example and follow me along in the video! If you have any issues or questions, please post a comment below or email me directly. Remember, the content and taps provided are provided as-is and with no warranty or support (outside of me answering a question or three  )


You can find the documention on the NBWS or other parts of CPO at assuming you have a valid support contract attached to your Cisco ID.


This is a bit longer video, so get some popcorn and get your thinking caps on as I made this for all levels of content authoring... from the rookies to the vets.







Shaun's Weekly Q/A


No questions this week! Hopefully we'll get some in to answer for next week!



Every week I will pick a handful of questions from you, the reading CPO public, to answer in this part of the blog. Please post comments/questions below. I will no longer be using the external e-mail from previous blogs.


Please also let me know if you like the format of this blog and what else you would like to see/know about. Feel free to give any ideas as to future blog posts, etc and I will be happy to post them. I hope to do more how-tos, best practices, tips, tricks, and hopefully some interviews of the important people behind the scenes of CPO.



WEEKLY AUTOMATION BLOG DISCLAIMER: As always, this is a blog and my (Shaun Roberts) thoughts on CPO, my thoughts on best practices, and my experiences with the product and customers. The above views are in no way representative of Cisco or any of it's partners, etc. None of these views, etc are supported and this is not a place to find standard product support. If you need standard product support please do so via the current call in numbers on or email



Thanks to all for reading and happy automating!



-Shaun Roberts

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Cisco Employee

updated webex link for new security. please let me know if it does not work

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