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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode


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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode v1.1 is a 5-day ILT training program that is designed for systems and field engineers who install, manage and implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode. This course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage, how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services, and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switch platform.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network, data center cloud systems architects, as well as server administrators

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Application developers and Security engineers as well as virtualization administrators

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Describe the ACI fabric
  • Describe 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

Topics Covered

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Application Infrastructure Overview

  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI Mode
  • Describing the ACI Fabric
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
  • Configuring the APIC

Module 2: Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Configuration and Orchestration

  • Configuring Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services
  • Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
  • Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability and Orchestration

Module 3: Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure External Connectivity, Management and Migration

  • Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside networks
  • Implementing ACI Management
  • Describing Migration Options with the ACI

Lab 1: Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery (Instructor Demo)

Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs

Lab 3: Configure Policy Filters and Contracts

Lab 4: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile

Lab 5: Sharing contracts between EPGs

Lab 6: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile

Lab 7: Register a VMM Domain with ACI

Lab 8: Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC DVS

Lab 9: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain

Lab 10: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group

Lab 11: Configure APIC Using the REST API

Lab 12: Configure APIC Using the ACI Cobra SDK (Python)

Lab 13: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network

Lab 14: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network

Lab 15: Configure APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications

Lab 16: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI



While there are no specific student pre-requisite, there is a recommended level of knowledge on technologies that are needed to take full advantage of this course, such as:

  • Cisco Nexus and Catalyst Layer 2/3 Concepts
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Networking
  • Basic VMWare administration
  • VMWare Networking (vSwitch/Distributed vSwitch)
  • Firewall and/or SLB Configuration Principals
  • Management/Security protocols (DNS, SSL Certs, FTP and RBAC)
  • Basic Linux System administration

The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
    • Recommend CCNA Certification or equivalent knowledge

  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    • Recommend attendance of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (Version 6.0) (VICM) class or equivalent knowledge

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