Anyone looking to learn Python Network Automation will usually turn to YouTube first. So I have put together this list of my top resources on YouTube to learn Python to perform network automation tasks.
1. Greg Mueller // Playlist
Greg Mueller has put together a great playlist here that walks you through setting up a connection with Netmiko to creating a Python script to automation CDP descriptions on interfaces.
2. Airheads Broadcasting
This is a great walk through which talks about why network engineers should be learning network automation.
3. Introduction to Netmiko
This is one of my network automation videos in which I talk through setting up a connection using Netmiko and running a simple command against a single router.
A new channel which I have only just discovered is OSPFPacket. This video discusses Python.
5. Dmitry Figol
If you really want to see a seasoned Python Network Engineer who codes live on his YouTube channel every weekend, you need to check out Dmitry Figol.
A software developer who now works for Cisco as a Network Automation Architect. The content is long (3-4 hour videos) but the information in here is gold dust and it’s great to watch him code live and see his thought process.
6. Another great Netmiko Video
Another great channel to check out if you want to learn Python for Network Automation. You need to check out John’s (IPVZero) videos.
7. Netdevops Live
Saving the best to last! The Cisco Netdevops Live channel hosted by Hank Preston covers so many different network automation topics. In this episode he discusses Python skills and techniques for network engineers.
8. Dan Taylor on VSCode & Python
Filmed at Europython in 2018 this is a great introduction to using VSCode for editing Python.
If you want to jump straight in you can check out some sample scripts on my Python for Network Engineer Examples page.
Whilst there is no better way to learn Python than with an official course, there is so much valuable content here that you could learn so much without spending a penny!
I also get a great deal of inspiration from seeing how other network engineers handle different programming challenges.
If you have any more video suggestions please leave a comment below and I will add the video to the list.