As a junior network engineer at a university I wrote a lot of management scripts in Perl.  I had scripts to do things such as check switchport configurations and upgrade switch code.

Times have changed a lot since then.

The university’s web server now runs in the cloud, rather than on my personal workstation, and Python has surpassed Perl  as the scripting language du jour. Network automation now has a major focus with Python as an extremely important tool.Today I’m going to show you how to use Python scripts hosted on the box and integrated into IOS.

This is far more powerful than my earlier-career scripts, and I have some simple examples for PCI compliance, Dynamic DNS ACL updates, and configuration validation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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