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This intensive 3-day Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) course will guide students through the key concepts behind Software Defined Networking in the Data Center and the positioning of ACI up through advanced ACI topics. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs configuring ACI policy-based architecture, students will learn the configuration and uses of access and fabric policies, tenants, application network profiles, contracts, endpoints, VMM integration and how to connect the ACI fabric to external Layer-2 and Layer-3 networks, migration scenarios, ERSPAN, transit routing, service graphs, micro-segmentation, multi-fabric topologies and designs and recommended ACI best practices.

The course will include intense hands-on labs on real physical hardware of all the key functions necessary to bring up a working ACI fabric. Students will be provided with their own ACI Tenant, vCenter Server, ESXi Hosts and numerous virtual machines on which to work.

Pre-requisites: None

Target Audience

This course is designed for network and data center and cloud systems architects, server administrators, application developers and security engineers as well as virtualization administrators, network architects, systems engineers and field engineers who are selling, implementing and/or managing Cisco ACI.

  • Module 1: ACI Overview
  • Module 2: ACI Switching Hardware
  • Module 3: Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Module 4: APIC Fabric Discovery and Configuration
  • Module 5: ACI Polices and Resource Pools
  • Module 6: ACI Tenant Logical Polices
  • Lab 1: Initial Configuration of ACI Polices and Pools
  • Lab 2: Configuring ACI Tenant and Access polices
  • Module 7: Fabric Operations and Forwarding
  • Module 8: Hypervisor Integration with ACI
  • Module 9: Routing with ACI 
  • Lab 3: Configure VMM and Validate End Point Learning
  • Lab 4: Communication Using Contracts
  • Lab 5: Routing Outside of ACI
  • Lab 6: Advanced Contract Communications
Day 3
  • Module 10: pplication Centric vs. Network Centric Design
  • Module 11: Extending Layer 2
  • Module 12: 4-L7 Devices
  • Module 13: icrosegmentation, Security and Analytics
  • Module 14: ulti-Fabric, Multi-Pod, Multi-Site, Remote Leaf & Virtual Pod Topologiesa
  • Lab 7: Extending Layer 2 to Existing Networks & ERSPAN
  • Lab 8: olicy Based Redirect (PBR) in ACI
  • Lab 9: reating Microsegmentation in ACI

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