DCAC9K 1.1 - Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode

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This course is a 5-day ILT training program designed for systems and field engineers who manage and implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode. The course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode, and how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services.

New topics now included in this version: 
Inter-Tenant Communication
Inter-Tenant Contracts
Programmability with ACI Cobra SD

Intended Audience

​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.

At Completion

Goals for the Course: 

  • Design, understand, and configure,Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode
  • Configure Layer 4 to Layer 7 services, hypervisor integration, and orchestration and automation tools, protocols, and application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Configure the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) to connect and integrate Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with external networks, how to implement and use management tools and services, and options for migrating to ACI.

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
  • Describe migration options with ACI


​This course is designed for systems engineers, technical architects, and product specialists in data center technical sales roles.

  • Students should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Students should understand Cisco data center architecture.
  • Students should be familiar with virtualization.
  • Good understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching:
  • Recommended CCNA Certification 
  • Recommended attendance of Cisco IP Routing Class (ROUTE)
  • Recommended attendance of Cisco Switching Class (SWITCH)
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 successfully complete the class.

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco ACI Overview


Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI Solution

  • Concepts and Principles
  • Policy
  • Policy and the Network
  • Application Logic Through Policy
  • Provider and Consumer Relationships
  • Automating Infrastructure Through Policy
  • Defining and Instantiating Policy
  • Advantages of Policy-Driven Data Center Design
  • Summary
Lesson 2: Describing the ACI Fabric
  • Spine/Leaf Single-Site Topology
  • ACI Management Networks
  • Fabric Initialization and Discovery
  • Virtual Extensible LAN
  • Integrated Overlay
  • Unicast Forwarding
  • Multicast Forwarding within the ACI
  • Distributed Layer 3 Gateway
  • ACI Fabric Gateway
  • Flowlet Dynamic Load Balancing
  • Summary
Lesson 3: Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Chassis
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Supervisor Module
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series System Controllers
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Fabric Modules
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Line Card Modules
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Fans and Power Supplies
  • Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Packet Forwarding in the ACI Model
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series FEX Support
  • 40 Gb and 100 Gb in the Data Center
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Optics Support
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Performance
  • Summary
Lesson 4: Configuring the APIC
  • Application Policy Infrastructure Controller
  • Endpoint Groups
  • Application Profiles
  • Contracts
  • Subjects and Filters
  • Taboos
  • Contexts
  • Bridge Domain
  • Tenants
  • Inter-Tenant Communication
  • Inter-Tenant Contracts
  • Summary
Lesson 5: Module Summary


Module 2: Cisco ACI Configuration and Orchestration

Lesson 1: Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services

  • Service Insertion and Redirection
  • Service Graphs
  • Application Profiles Specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7
  • Programmability of Layer 4 to Layer 7 Services
  • Device Packages
  • OpFlex
  • Summary
Lesson 2: Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
  • Policy Coordination with VM Managers
  • Management Networks
  • Configuration Integration with VMware
  • Configuration Integration with Microsoft SCVMM
  • Cisco ACI Integration with Red Hat Linux
  • Summary
Lesson 3: Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability and Orchestration
  • Need for Programming
  • JSON and XML
  • Programmability with REST API
  • Programmability with ACI Cobra SDK (Python)
  • API Inspector
  • OpFlex
  • OpenStack Orchestration
  • OpenDaylight
  • Summary
Lesson 4: Module Summary


Module 3: Cisco ACI External Connectivity, Management, and Migration


Lesson 1: Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks

  • Inside and Outside Network Policies
  • Configure Layer 3 Outside Connections
  • Layer 2 Outside Connections
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Implementing ACI Management

  • Security Domains
  • Repurposing from a Standalone Network to an ACI Network
  • Software Management
  • Health Scores
  • Faults and Events
  • Log Retention Policy, Diagnostics, and Forensics Abilities
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Describing Migration Options with ACI

  • Interconnecting an Existing Pod to the Fabric
  • Migrating the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch and Fabric Extender to the Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switch
  • Migrating the Cisco Nexus FEX to the Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switch
  • Connecting an Existing Layer 2 vPC to a Border Leaf
  • Connecting Existing Layer 3 to Border Leaf
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • Hardware Lab 1: Accessing the Remote Lab Environment
  • Hardware Lab 2: Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery (Instructor Demo)
  • Hardware Lab 3: Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Hardware Lab 4: Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
  • Hardware Lab 5: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile
  • Hardware Lab 6: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
  • Hardware Lab 7: Register a VMM Domain with ACI
  • Hardware Lab 8: Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC DVS
  • Hardware Lab 9: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
  • Hardware Lab 10: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
  • Hardware Lab 11: Configure APIC Using the REST API
  • Hardware Lab 12: Exporting Contracts Between Tenants
  • Hardware Lab 13: Configure APIC Using the ACI Cobra SDK (Python)
  • Hardware Lab 14: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network
  • Hardware Lab 15: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network
  • Hardware Lab 16: Configure APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications
  • Hardware Lab 17: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
  • Hardware Lab 18: Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users



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