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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 Multi-Site design and deployment will be the focus of day 4.

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 and will work in pairs to create their own fabric and then join that fabric into a Multi-Site topology with their partner for the Multi-Site portion of the class.

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 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 2
  • Module 12: L4-L7 Devices
  • Module 13: Microsegmentation, Security and Analytics
  • Lab 7: Extending Layer 2 to Existing Networks & ERSPAN
  • Lab 8: Policy Based Redirect (PBR) in ACI
  • Lab 9: Creating Microsegmentation in ACI
  • Module 14: Multi-Fabric, Multi-Pod, Multi-Site, Remote Leaf & Virtual Pod Topologies
  • Module 15: TAC Top 10 List
  • Module 16: Faults, Events and Health Scores
  • Module 17: Fabric Policy Troubleshooting
  • Module 18: Advanced ACI Connectivity and Design
  • Module 19: VLAN and Fabric Access Validation
  • Module 20: Endpoint Learning and Tracking
  • Module 21: Common VMM Integration Issues
  • Module 22: Cisco Network Assurance Engine
  • Module 23: ACI Tips from the Field & Best Practices
  • Lab 10: ACI Policy Break/Fix
  • Lab 11: Verification of VLANs
  • Lab 12: Endpoint Tracking and Verification
  • Lab 13: VMM Break/Fix
  • Lab 14: L3Out break/fix
  • Lab 15: Using Cisco Network Assurance Engine

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