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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode v2.0 (DCAC9K)

Data Center/Cloud, Technology

Course Description

DCAC9K is a 5-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: 5 Days
Fee: Contact Us

Course Prerequisites

Following are the recommended prerequisites for this training course:

  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture
  • Familiarity with virtualization concepts
  • 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
  • Cisco Customers, Channel Partners, Resellers

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

Module 1: Introducing Cisco ACI

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Nexus 9000 Switch ACI solution
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Lab 1 Explore the Fabric Inventory
    • Lab 2 Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware

Module 2: Cisco ACI Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Configuring the Cisco APIC
    • Lab 3 Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
    • Lab 4 Deploy Three-Tier Application Profiles
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services
  • Lesson 3: Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration o Lab 5 Register a VMM domain with the Cisco APIC
    • Lab 6 Configure VMware ESXi hosts to use the Cisco APIC DVS
    • Lab 7 Associate an EPG to the VMware vCenter Domain
    • Lab 8 Associate a VM to the EPG Port Group
    • Lab 9 Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile

Module 3: Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration

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

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

  • Lesson 1: Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
    • Lab 14 Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an external Layer 3 Network
    • Lab 15 Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an external Layer 2 Network
    • Lab 16 Configure Cisco APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications
  • Lesson 2: Implementing ACI Management
  • Lesson 3: Describing Migration Options with ACI
    • Lab 17 Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
    • Lab 18 Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users