This course is offered in the following formats:

  • Live, Instructor-Led Training (schedule)




In this 4-day Cisco ACI for Network Engineers course, you will become fully adept at deploying, provisioning and maintaining a Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), including the planning, design, and implementation of ACI.

It is designed for network and data center Cloud Systems Architects, as well as server Administrators Application developers and security engineers as well as virtualization administrators, Architects, Systems Engineers and Field Engineers who are selling, implementing and/or managing Cisco ACI. The course dives deep into each of the key concepts behind ACI’s application-centric infrastructure and policy-based architecture. You will spend each day listening to lecture, then configuring most every aspect of the ACI solution, including configuring tenants, application network profiles (ANP), contracts, endpoints, VMM integration and how to connect the ACI Fabric to an external L2 and L3 networks, along with L4-L7 services. Migration strategies for existing applications to an ACI fabric will be discussed and automation of APIC REST API through scripting (JSON/XML). You will become familiar with using Postman to configure the ACI Fabric, Visore, and API Inspector. The course will include intense hands-on labs on real physical hardware of all of the key functions of ACI. You will not share with other students during the labs. You will be provided with your own ACI Tenant, Vcenter Server, ESXi Hosts and numerous virtual machines.

The course will include intense hands-on labs on real physical hardware of all of the key functions of ACI. You will not share with other students during the labs. You will be provided with your own ACI Tenant, Vcenter Server, ESXi Hosts and numerous virtual machines.


Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with:

  • Pre-Deployment Interview/Information gathering process
  • Out of the box setup and configuration of an ACI fabric
  • Scenario driven configuration principals for:
    • Multi-Tenancy/Tenant Configurations
    • Application Profiles
    • Endpoint Groups
    • Security - Built-in Stateful Firewall, Contracts
    • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Integration
    • Connecting the ACI fabric to external L2 and L3 networks
    • Connecting fabric to L4 – L7 services (ASA, F5, etc….) 

Course Specifics

  • This course has a high degree of labs (40:60 ratio lab:lecture), and is intended to engage and challenge the student into performing the most common but also complex scenarios when migrating to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Fabric
  • Hands on lab environments. Each student will have:
    • Dedicated ACI tenant with 4 ESXi hosts and 9 VM’s
    • Dedicated vCenter Appliance
    • Dedicated L2/L3 outside connections
  • Each student will have a dedicated Tenant and dedicated ports both on the ACI Leafs and on the external Nexus 5K/6Ks, dedicated 4 ESXi servers, vCenter server and VMs.
  • Students do not share or “partner-up” to perform tasks. Each student independently performs all tasks.



  • Solution Architects
  • System Integrators
  • Cloud Architects
  • Network Administrators
  • System Engineers



  • Basic understanding of networking
  • Basic knowledge of VMware virtualization technology would be beneficial



Minimum class size is required for course to be held. Final determination will be made 2 weeks prior to scheduled class. In the event of class cancelation all registered learners will receive email notification of the cancelation and refund of all charges. Refund is limited to only the course registration fees. Lumos is not liable for any other costs that may have been incurred, including, but, not limited to transportation, lodging, VISAs. 

30 Sep - 3 Oct, 2019 - Rosemont, IL, USYes$4000REGISTER
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09:00 – 10:00 ACI Overview: Evolution of the modern Data Center. From the traditional 3-Tier architecture to the Spine-Leaf Architecture. Why the industry is moving to VxLAN and to the Policy driven Data Center
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 ACI Switching Hardware: Review of the Nexus 9000 ACI switch platform
11:15 – 12:00 Cisco’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC): How the Cisco APIC provides fabric configuration and Application Network Policy creation and deployment. Providing, redundancy, scalability and monitoring
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Lab01 – ACI Fabric Discovery and Pod Policies – Instructor Demo
13:30 – 14:30 ACI Polices and Resource Pools: How to create and use ACI policies and resource pools. These objects are used to building a scalable switch fabric
14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 15:30 Lab02: Initial Configuration of ACI Polices and Pools
15:30 – 16:15 ACI Tenant Logical Polices: Configuration of logical tenant constructs including Tenants, VRFs, Bridge Domains, Application Profiles and End Point Groups.
16:15 – 17:00 Lab03: Configuring ACI fabric access polices
17:00 – 17:30 Review and Extra Lab Completion
09:00 – 09:15 Review: Questions and Answers
09:15 – 10:15 Fabric Operation and Forwarding: How does the fabric operate? Go under the covers and see how packets are learned and forwarded inside the fabric. How ACI can connect to bare metal servers or hypervisors running VLAN, VxLAN, NVGRE and forward packets seamlessly between any of these protocols
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Hypervisor Integration with ACI: Virtual Machine Management (VMM) Various methods to integrate industry standard Hypervisors (ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V). Relationship to ACI networking and Hypervisor networking. AVE
11:00 - 12:00 Lab04: Configure VMM and Validate End Point Learning
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:45 Lab05: Communication Using Contracts
13:45 - 14:30 Routing with ACI: Routing inside and outside of the fabric
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 15:45 Lab06: Routing Outside of ACI
15:45 – 16:30 Lab07: Advanced Contract Communications
16:30 - 17:30 Review and Extra Lab Completion
09:00 – 09:15 Review: Questions and Answers
09:15 – 10:00 Application Centric vs. Network Centric
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 Extending Layer 2 Outside ACI: Bridging ACI to existing legacy networks
11:15 – 12:00 Lab08: Extending Layer 2 to Existing Networks
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 L4-L7 Discussion: Using managed and unmanaged service with ACI to quickly reach your goals
13:45 – 14:45 ASAv Service Insertion – Policy Based Routing in ACI
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 ACI Anywhere: MultiSite, MultiPod, Remote Leaf, VPOD
16:00 – 17:00 ACI implementation Methodologies: How to perform a “Phase 1” ACI engagement. Start with a network centric approach “Phase 1” with the application centric model as a follow on phase
17:00 – 17:30 Review and Extra Lab Completion
9:00 – 9:30 Review: Questions and Answers
9:30 - 10:30 ACI Multi-Pod: Benefits, caveats, APIC configuration, IPN configuration, design and troubleshooting of Multi-Pod.
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 ACI Multi-Site: Multi-Site APIC configuration, Multi-Site Orchestrator, benefits, caveats, design and troubleshooting.
11:15 - 11:30 Lab: ACI Fabric Discovery for Multi-Site
11:30 - 12:15 Lab: Multi-Site Orchestrator Cluster Deployment
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Lab: Adding sites to the MSO cluster
14:00 - 14:45 Lab: Day-0 Infrastructure Configuration (individual sites and Multi-Site Orchestrator)
14:45 - 15:30 Lab: Policy deployment using the MSO cluster
15:30 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:00 Lab: Troubleshooting the MSO cluster and associated APICs
16:00 - 17:00 Lab: Upgrading the MSO cluster
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