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This five-day ILT course is designed to take Field Engineers and System Architects with no ACI experience and prepare them to design and build an ACI fabric

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About this course

 The students will learn what they need to know to take Cisco switches from the loading dock and build an operational, functioning ACI fabric that includes servers, virtual machines, external networks and service devices.  Specific topics addressed in this course are ACI configuration and basic operations, including rack-and-stack initial installation, application profile configuration, ACI under-the-hood, VMware hypervisor integration, external connectivity, layer 4-7 service device integration, operations and troubleshooting. There are detailed labs for each step of the course.The curriculum is delivered as Just-In-Time learning, designed to provide Engineers just what they need to know, just when they need to know it. Students are not given training that they are not able to apply immediately. With this production-focused training, the student will be ready for the technical requirements of today. With the included library of curated references, the student is also poised to meet the requirements of the future.The course provides insight from subject matter experts and over 100 production installations. These subject matter experts have insight because they’ve been in the students’ shoes

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Course Outline
  • Module 1:
  • ACI OverviewSDN/Overlay Networking Primer
  • Cisco ACI Overview and Terminology
  • Logical Model Overview
  • Concrete Model Overview
  • Module 2:
  • ACI Fabric Switches
  • Nexus 9000 Overview Nexus 9000 Models
  • Hardware Installation

  • Module 3: APIC Overview
  • APIC Introduction APIC Overview
  • APIC InstallationAPIC GUI
  • Lab 1a: ACI Fabric Discovery

  • Module 4: Initial Fabric Configuration 
  • ACI Initial Configuration Overview 
  • OOB Configuration
  • Network Time Protocol
  • Access Policies
  • External-facing Interface Configuration 
  • ACI Pools
  • ACI Domains
  • Attachable Access Entity Profile (AAEP) 
  • VPC Configuration in ACI Fabric
  • Simplified Interface & Policy Configuration Troubleshooting Access Policy
  • Lab 1b: Fabric Policy Configuration
  • Lab 2: Configuring ACI Policies and Pools

  • Module 5: ACI Connectivity Policies
  • ACI Logical Model TenantVRFBridge Domain
  • SubnetEnd Points Groups (EPG)
  • MicrosegmentationApplication Profiles (AP) and Contracts ACI Quality of Service

  • Lab 3: Configuring ACI Forwarding Constructs

  • Module 6: Application Modeling and Deployment
  • Designing an AP 
  • Lab: APRESTful API Review
  • Lab: Using Postman
  • Learning Network Programmability ACI Toolkit
  • Lab 4: Configuring Application Profiles via GUI
  • Lab 5: Configuring Application Profiles via Python/Postman

  • Module 7: Fabric Operation and Forwarding
  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Basics
  • ACI Fabric Fundamentals
  • Fabric ForwardingEndpoint Learning & LookupFabric Innovations

  • Module 8: Hypervisor IntegrationVirtualization Primer
  • ACI Hypervisor Integration Overview
  • ACI Hypervisor
  • Integration with VMware 
  • Integration with VMware VDSACI VMware Configuration
  • ACI Integration with Microsoft
  • ACI Integration with OpenStack
  • OpFlex
  • Application Virtual Switch
  • Design Considerations

Virtualization Integration Summary

  • Lab 6: Configuring VMM Integration with VMware DVS

  • Module 9: Connecting to Existing L2 Infrastructure
  • L2 Extension Overview 
  • Option A: Extend EPG 
  • Option B: Extend BD
  • Design Considerations

  • Lab 7: Configuring External Layer 2 Connection

  • Module 10: Connecting to Existing L3 Infrastructure
  • L3 Integration Overview
  • L3 Integration & Configuration Shared L3Out
  • Multi-Site ACI

  • Lab 8: Configuring External Layer 3 Connection

  • Module 11: Integrating L4-7 Services with ACI
  • Service Graphs
  • Device Packages
  • Service Insertion Overview
  • L4-7 Services Configuration
  • Unmanaged Mode
  • Network Services Placement
  •  Lab 9: Configuring Layer 4-7 Services

  • Module 12: Operating ACI
  • APIC Management Access Naming Conventions
  • Operations Tools
  • Firmware Upgrades
  • Backing Up

  • Lab 10: Configuration Export

  • Module 13: Troubleshooting ACI
  • APIC Troubleshooting
  •  APIC Troubleshooting Tools
  1. Health Scores
  2. Troubleshooting Wizard
  3. Statistics
  4. Atomic Counters
  5. Digital Optical Monitoring
  6. SNMP
  7. Switchport Analyzer (SPAN)Syslog
  8. Traceroute
  • Visore – The APIC Object Store Browser
  • Troubleshooting via the CLI
  • Removing Unwanted _ui_ Objects
  • Fabric Recovery
  • ACI Backup

  • Lab 11: Troubleshooting

  • Module 14: ACI Integration with Existing DC Networks
  • DC Architecture Review
  • ACI Insertion Options
  • ACI Services Block Strategy
Course Objectives
  • Understand ACI architecture and concepts needed to get an ACI fabric into production
  • Describe the hardware that makes up ACI
  • Install and bring up an ACI Fabric Configure foundational Access Policies
  • Configure Application Profiles
  • Describe ACI fabric operationsIntegrate VMware and other hypervisors with ACI
  • Configure Layer 2 and 3 outside connectivity to the ACI Fabric
  • Integrate Layer 4-7 service devices with ACI
  • Provide fundamental Day 2 fabric support
  • Quickly find information on more advanced or detailed ACI features
  • Formulate any next steps in their ACI training needs to support their company’s business goals

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