Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)

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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)

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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (v2.0) is a five-day instructor-led course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode, as well as how to connect the ACI fabric to external networks and services.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:


Students should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.

Students should understand Cisco data center architecture.

Students should be familiar with virtualization.

Good understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching:

  • Recommended CCNA Certification
  • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Routing v2.0 (ROUTE)
  • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)

During the course of instruction, the learner will be exposed to the configuration of advanced technologies, such as BGP, OSPF and IS-IS. The learner will not be required to have experience with these technologies in order successfully complete the class.

Outline: Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)

Module 1: Introducing Cisco ACI


Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI Solution

Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco ACI Fabric

Hardware Lab 1: Explore the Fabric Inventory

Hardware Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs

Lesson 3: Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 2: Cisco ACI Configuration


Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco APIC

Hardware Lab 3: Configure Policy Filters and Contracts

Hardware Lab 4: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile

Lesson 2: Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services

Lesson 3: Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration

Hardware Lab 5: Register a VMM Domain with Cisco ACI

Hardware Lab 6: Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the Cisco APIC DVS

Hardware Lab 7: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain

Hardware Lab 8: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group

Hardware Lab 9: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration


Lesson 1: Demonstrating Cisco ACI Network Programmability

Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Network Orchestration

Hardware Lab 10: Configure Cisco APIC Using the REST API

Hardware Lab 11: Export Contracts Between Tenants

Hardware Lab 12: Configure Cisco APIC Using the Cisco APIC REST to Python Adapter (ARYA)

Hardware Lab 13: Configure Cisco APIC Using the Cisco APIC Python API

Lesson 3: Module Summary

Lesson 4: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Cisco ACI External Connectivity, Management, and Migration


Lesson 1: Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks

Hardware Lab 14: Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network

Hardware Lab 15: Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network

Hardware Lab 16: Configure Cisco APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications

Lesson 2: Implementing ACI Management

Lesson 3: Describing Migration Options with ACI

Hardware Lab 17: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI

Hardware Lab 18: Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check


Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Discuss the ACI fabric
  • Review Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • Configure ACI L4-L7 service integration
  • Integrate the APIC hypervisor
  • Understand the programmability and orchestration of the ACI network
  • Discuss ACI connectivity to outside networks
  • Implement ACI management
  • Describe migration options with ACI