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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Bootcamp

Data Center/Cloud, Technology

Course Description

This course is a 3-day training program designed for systems and field engineers who manage and implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode. The course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode, and how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services.

Course Details

Duration: 3 Days
Fee: Contact Us

Course Prerequisites

Following are the recommended prerequisites for this training course:

  • 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 Cisco IP Routing Class (ROUTE)
    • Recommended attendance of Cisco Switching Class (SWITCH)

Target Audience

This course is designed for Technical professionals who need to learn more about the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switch in ACI Mode.

The primary audience for this course includes:

  • Systems, Field, and Security Engineers
  • Network and Data Center Architects
  • Server Administrators
  • Application Developers
  • Channel Partners, Resellers
  • Cisco Customers

Course Goal

This course will provide attendees with the opportunity to gain experience understanding, configuring, and designing the data center networking environment with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • 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

Course Outline

Day 1

Module 1: ACI Overview and Hardware

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Nexus 9000 Switch ACI solution
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Lab 1 Exploring the Fabric Inventory

Module 2: Tenants, EPGs, Contracts

  • Lesson 1: Configuring the Cisco APIC
    • Lab 2 Configuring Basic Network Constructs
    • Lab 3 Configuring Policy Filters and Contracts
    • Lab 4 Deploying Three-Tier Application Profiles

Module 3: Hypervisor Integration

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Hypervisor Integration
    • Lab 5 Registering a VMM domain with the Cisco APIC
    • Lab 6 Configuring VMware ESXi hosts to use the Cisco APIC DVS
    • Lab 7 Associating an EPG to the VMware vCenter Domain
    • Lab 8 Associating a VM to the EPG Port Group

Day 2

Module 4: Service Graph Insertion

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Layer 4 through 7 Services
    • Lab 9 Deploying a Service Graph with Application Profile

Module 5: Programmability and Orchestration

  • Lesson 1: Demonstrating Cisco ACI Network Programmability
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Network Orchestration
    • Lab 10 Configuring the Cisco APIC using the REST API
    • Lab 11 Exporting Contracts Between Tenants
    • Lab 12 Configuring Cisco APIC Using the Cisco APIC REST to Python Adapter (ARYA)
    • Lab 13 Configuring Cisco APIC using the Cisco APIC Python API

Day 3

Module 6: Cisco ACI External Layer 3 Communication

  • Lesson 1: Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
    • Lab 14 Configuring Cisco APIC to Communicate to an external Layer 3 Network

Module 7: Cisco ACI External Layer 2 Communication

  • Lab 15 Configuring Cisco APIC to Communicate to an external Layer 2 Network

Module 8: Configuring Bare Metal Operations

  • Lesson 1: Implementing ACI Management
    • Lab 16 Configuring Cisco APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications

Module 9: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Describing Migration Options with ACI
    • Lab 17 Monitoring and Troubleshooting ACI

Module 10: Configure Cisco APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users

  • Lab 18 Configuring APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users