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ACIF30 - ACI-Fundamentals v3.0

Overview

Duration: 1 day

The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric. The Cisco APIC provides centralized access to all fabric information, optimizes the application lifecycle for scale and performance, supporting flexible application provisioning across physical and virtual resources.

Objectives

Under this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI Mode
  • ACI concepts and principles
  • Explore and understanding APIC Dashboard
  • Describe the ACI Fabric Topology
  • Describe fabric policy, provisioning and access policies
  • Configure application profiles specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • Understand APIC Access Methods – GUI, API and CLI
  • Understand Faults and health scores
  • Understand Packet flow through an ACI Fabric 

Content

1. Quick Overview – ACI 

  • Product Portfolio – Nexus 9000 in ACI Mode
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI Mode
  • ACI concepts and principles
  • Exploring and understanding APIC Dashboard
  • Describing the ACI Fabric Topology
  • ACI Policy Model

2. Fabric Provisioning – an overview 

  • Understand Start-up discovery and configuration
  • Describe fabric policy
  • Describe provisioning
  • Describe access policies

3. In-depth understanding about Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services

  • Describe service insertion and redirection
  • Implement service graphs
  • Configure application profiles specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • Describe device packages 
  • Describe OpFlex 

4. Best practices 

  • AAA RBAC and Roles
  • Guidelines and limitations for Device Packages
  • Audit Logs
  • Understanding APIC Access Methods – GUI, API and CLI
  • Understanding Faults and health scores
  • Understanding Packet flow through an ACI Fabric 


Lab Outline 

  • Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery 
  • Configuring Switch Profile
  • Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
  • Deploy a Single-Tier Application Profile 
  • Register a VMM Domain with ACI 
  • Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC DVS
  • Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
  • Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
  • Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group 
  • Configure APIC Using the REST API 
  • Exporting Contracts between Tenants

Audience

System Engineers, Field Engineers, IT Administrators, Network Engineers, Network Architects, etc. 

Prerequisites

CCNA/CCNP or equivalent knowledge and basic understanding of programmability and SDN would be an added advantage. 

Certification

This course is not associated with any Certification.

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