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This intensive 5-day Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) course combines our most popular classes into a single offering covering fundamental through advanced ACI concepts, programmability and troubleshooting. The first 3 days 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. Day 4 will focus on programmability including using APIs, REST, Visore, Postman, Python and Ansible to more efficiently deploy and maintain ACI fabrics. Day 5 will focus on troubleshooting ACI using various CLI commands, the ACI GUI and other tools such as Cisco Network Assurance Engine, Network Insights and Cisco App Store resources.

The course will include intense hands-on labs, using real physical hardware and ACI APIC simulators, 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 Multi-Site solutions.

  • Module 1: ACI Overview 
  • Module 2: ACI Switching Hardwre 
  • 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 2
  • 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: Policy Based Redirect (PBR) in ACI
  • Lab 9: Creating 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
  • Module 20: TAC Top 10 List
  • Module 21: Faults, Events and Health Scores
  • Module 22: Fabric Policy Troubleshooting
  • Module 23: Advanced ACI Connectivity and Design
  • Module 24: VLAN and Fabric Access Validation
  • Module 25: Endpoint Learning and Tracking
  • Module 26: Common VMM Integration Issues
  • Module 27: Cisco Network Assurance Engine
  • Module 28: ACI Tips from the Field & Best Practices
  • Lab 16: ACI Policy Break/Fix
  • Lab 17: Verification of VLANs
  • Lab 18: Endpoint Tracking and Verification
  • Lab 19: VMM Break/Fix
  • Lab 20: L3Out break/fix
  • Lab 21: Using Cisco Network Assurance Engine

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