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This intensive 4-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. ACI programmability methods including APIs, REST, Postman, Python and Ansible are discussed in depth on day 4 to introduce students to more efficient methods of deploying and maintaining an ACI fabric.

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. Students will be provided with their own ACI APIC simulator for the programmability topics

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 solutions.

  • 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
  • Module 10: Application Centric vs. Network Centric Design
  • Module 11: Extending Layer
  • Module 12: L4-L7 Devices
  • Module 13: Microsegmentation, Security and Analytics
  • Module 14: Multi-Fabric, Multi-Pod, Multi-Site, Remote Leaf & Virtual Pod Topologies
  • Lab 7: Extending Layer 2 to Existing Networks & ERSPAN
  • Lab 8: olicy Based Redirect (PBR) in ACI
  • Lab 9: reating Microsegmentation in ACI
  • Module 15: ACI Programmability Concepts
  • Module 16: Save/Post Method
  • Module 17: API Runners
  • Module 18: Python, Cobra SDK, Arya
  • Module 19: Ansible
  • Lab 10: Using Postman to Interact with ACI
  • Lab 11: Using the ACI GUI Save and Post Method
  • Lab 12: Deploying with Postman
  • Lab 13: Advanced Postman Functionality
  • Lab 14: Automating ACI with Python
  • Lab 15: Automating ACI with Ansible

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