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Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)

  • Length 5 days
  • Price $6490 inc GST
  • Version 1.1
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Why study this course

This course shows you how to deploy and manage the Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) mode. You will learn how to configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to connect the Cisco ACI fabric to external networks and services, and the fundamentals of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) integration. You will gain hands-on practice implementing key capabilities such as fabric discovery, policies, connectivity, VMM integration, and more.

Digital courseware: Cisco provides students with electronic courseware for this course. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class. Please note that any electronic courseware or labs will not be available (visible) until the first day of the class.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and basic Cisco ACI concepts

  • Describe Cisco ACI policy model logical constructs

  • Describe Cisco ACI basic packet forwarding

  • Describe external network connectivity

  • Describe VMM Integration

  • Describe Layer 4 to Layer 7 integrations

  • Explain Cisco ACI management features

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Who is the course for?

  • Network Designer

  • Network Administrator

  • Network Engineer

  • Systems Engineer

  • Data Center Engineer

  • Consulting Systems Engineer

  • Technical Solutions Architect

  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

  • Field Engineer

  • Server Administrator

  • Network Manager

  • Storage Administrator

  • Cisco Integrators and Partners

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us on 1800 U LEARN (1800 853 276).

Course subjects

Introducing Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and Basic Concepts

  • What Is Cisco ACI?

  • Cisco ACI Topology and Hardware

Describing Cisco ACI Policy Model Logical Constructs

  • Cisco ACI Logical Constructs

  • Tenant

Describing Cisco ACI Basic Packet Forwarding

  • Endpoint Learning

  • Basic Bridge Domain Configuration Knob

Introducing External Network Connectivity

  • Cisco ACI External Connectivity Options

  • External Layer 2 Network Connectivity

Introducing VMM Integration

  • VMware vCenter VDS Integration

  • Resolution Immediacy in VMM

Describing Layer 4 to Layer 7 Integrations

  • Service Appliance Insertion Without ACI L4-L7 Service Graph

  • Service Appliance Insertion via ACI L4-L7 Service Graph

Explaining Cisco ACI Management

  • Out-of-Band Management

  • In-Band Management

Lab outline

  • Validate Fabric Discovery

  • Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)

  • Create Access Policies and Virtual Port Channel (vPC)

  • Enable Layer 2 Connectivity in the Same Endpoint Group (EPG)

  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 2 Connectivity

  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 3 Connectivity

  • Compare Traffic Forwarding Methods in a Bridge Domain

  • Configure External Layer 2 (L2Out) Connection

  • Configure External Layer 3 (L3Out) Connection

  • Integrate Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) With VMware vCenter Using VMware Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)


To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching

  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products

  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture

  • Familiarity with virtualisation fundamentals

The following Cisco courses may help you meet these prerequisites:

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The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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