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Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)

Data Center/Cloud, Technology

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$4595 or 46 CLCs
HD-ILT or Virtual Delivery

*Offered through our partner Sunset Learning Institute

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) v1.0 course teaches configuration and management of Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to connect the Cisco ACI fabric to external networks and services, and fundamentals of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) integration.

This course helps the learner prepare to take the 300-620 Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) exam, which leads to the new CCNP Data Center and the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core certifications.

Course Description

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) v1.0 course shows the learner how to deploy and manage the Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) mode. This course provides the knowledge and skills to configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to connect the Cisco ACI fabric to external networks and services, and fundamentals of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) integration. Students will gain hands-on practice implementing key capabilities such as fabric discovery, policies, connectivity, VMM integration, and more.

Course Details

Duration: 5 Days
Fee: $4595 (46 CLCs)

Course Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are:

  • Understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching
  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture
  • Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals

These are the recommended Cisco learning offerings that may help students meet these prerequisites:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) v1.0
  • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.2 or v7.0
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices v3.0 (CCNAX) or (ICND1) + (ICND2)

Target Audience

The following job roles will benefit from this course:

  • Network Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Data Center Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners
  • Field Engineer
  • Server Administrator
  • Network Manager
  • Storage Administrator
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and basic Cisco ACI concepts
  • Describe Cisco ACI policy model logical constructs
  • Describe Cisco ACI basic packet forwarding
  • Describe external network connectivity
  • Describe VMM Integration
  • Describe Layer 4 to Layer 7 integrations
  • Explain Cisco ACI management features

Course Outline

Lecture:

  • Introducing Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and Basic Concepts
  • What Is Cisco ACI?
  • Cisco ACI Topology and Hardware
  • Cisco ACI Object Model
  • Faults, Event Record, and Audit Log
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Discovery
  • Cisco ACI Access Policies
  • Describing Cisco ACI Policy Model Logical Constructs
  • Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
  • Tenant
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding
  • Bridge Domain
  • Endpoint Group
  • Application Profile
  • Tenant Components Review
  • Adding Bare-Metal Servers to Endpoint Groups
  • Contracts
  • Describing Cisco ACI Basic Packet Forwarding
  • Endpoint Learning
  • Basic Bridge Domain Configuration ****
  • Introducing External Network Connectivity
  • Cisco ACI External Connectivity Options
  • External Layer 2 Network Connectivity
  • External Layer 3 Network Connectivity
  • Introducing VMM Integration
  • VMware vCenter VDS Integration
  • Resolution Immediacy in VMM
  • Alternative VMM Integrations
  • Describing Layer 4 to Layer 7 Integrations
  • Service Appliance Insertion Without ACI L4-L7 Service Graph
  • Service Appliance Insertion via ACI L4-L7 Service Graph
  • Service Graph Configuration Workflow
  • Service Graph PBR Introduction
  • Out-of-Band Management
  • In-Band Management
  • Syslog
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Configuration Backup
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Cisco ACI Upgrade
  • Collect Tech Support

Lab Activities:

  • Validate Fabric Discovery
  • Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Create Access Policies and Virtual Port Channel (vPC)
  • Enable Layer 2 Connectivity in the Same Endpoint Group (EPG)
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 2 Connectivity
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 3 Connectivity
  • Compare Traffic Forwarding Methods in a Bridge Domain
  • Configure External Layer 2 (L2Out) Connection
  • Configure External Layer 3 (L3Out) Connection
  • Integrate Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) With VMware vCenter Using VMware Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)