Cisco Data Centre & Storage


Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode

Duration: 5 Days

Who should attend:

This course is for systems engineers, technical architects, and product specialists in data center technical sales roles. Students include those who need to gain experience with understanding, configuring, and designing the data center networking environment with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches.

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  • Students should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Students should understand Cisco data center architecture.
  • Students should be familiar with virtualization.
  • During the course of instruction, the learner will be exposed to the configuration of advanced technologies, such as BGP, OSPF, and IS-IS. The learner will not be required to have experience with these technologies in order to successfully complete the class
  • Good understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching:
  1. Recommended CCNA Certification
  2. Recommended attendance of Cisco IP Routing Class (ROUTE)
  3. Recommended attendance of Cisco Switching Class (SWITCH)
Course Content

DCAC9K is a 5-day instructor-led training course which covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode running the latest ACI image 3.1 (1i), as well as how to connect the ACI fabric to external networks and services

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Discuss the ACI fabric
  • Review Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • Configure ACI L4-L7 service integration
  • Integrate the APIC hypervisor
  • Understand the programmability and orchestration of the ACI network
  • Discuss ACI connectivity to outside networks
  • Implement ACI management
  • Explore migration options with ACI
Course Outline
  • Introduction to Cisco ACI
    Examining Cisco ACI Components
    Examining Cisco ACI Operations 
  • Cisco ACI Component Architecture
    Examining the Operation of the Cisco ACI Fabric 
    Exploring the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches 
    Examining the Cisco API
    Managing Cisco ACI (CLI, GUI, REST)
  • Cisco ACI Integration with VMM (VMware vCenter)
    Examining VMware Fundamentals 
    Configuring VM Connectivity 
    Performing and Verifying vMotion Migrations 
    Configuring ACI Integration with VMware
  • Exploring Layer 4-7 Services Integration with ACI 
  • Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration
    Demonstrating Cisco ACI Network Programmability 
    Cisco ACI Network Orchestration 
  • Cisco ACI External Connectivity and Management 
    Configuring ACI Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks 
    Configuring ACI Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks 
    Implementing ACI Management 
  • Explore Migration Options with ACI
    Network Mode (1:1 mode)
    Application Mode 
  • Lab Scenarios on ACI Image v3.1 (1i)
    Lab 0: Initialize Cisco APIC 
    Lab 1: Explore and Discover the ACI Fabric
    Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs (VRF, BD, ..) 
    Lab 3: Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
    Lab 4: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile and EPGs
    Lab 5: Register a VMM Domain (VMware vCenter) with Cisco API
    Lab 6: Configure VMWare ESXi Hosts to Use the Cisco APIC DVS
    Lab 7: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain 
    Lab 8: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
    Lab 9: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile 
    Lab 10: Configure Cisco APIC using the REST API
    Lab 11: Export Contracts Between Tenants
    Lab 12: Configure Cisco APIC using (ARYA)
    Lab 13: Configure Cisco APIC using the Cisco APIC Python API
    Lab 14: Configure Cisco ACI to Communicate to an External Layer-3 Network 
    Lab 15: Configure Cisco ACI to Communicate to an External Layer-2 Network 
    Lab 16: Configure Cisco APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications
    Lab 17: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI 
    Lab 18: Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users


Further information

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