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ACITDD30 - ACI Technical Deep Dive v3.0


Duration: 3.0 days

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.


Under this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI Mode 
  • Describe the ACI Fabric Topology 
  • Understand Start-up discovery and configuration 
  • Describe fabric policy, provisioning and access policies 
  • Configure application profiles specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • Describe device packages and OpFlex 
  • Understand Faults and health scores
  • Understand APIC Access Methods – GUI, API and CLI


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


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. Security and Management capabilities 

  • Contracts
  • Policy filters

5. Programmability and Automation

  • REST API Support
  • ACI toolkit
  • Cobra
  • Ansible

6. Monitoring and Troubleshooting 

  • Understanding Faults and health scores
  • Understanding Events
  • API Inspector
  • Audit Logs

7. Best practices 

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

8. ACI Multi-site Architecture Overview 

  • Cisco ACI Multi-site orchestrator
  • Intersite Control Plane
  • Intersite Data Plane
  • ACI Multi-site Use cases
  • Integration of ACI Multi-pod and Multi-site
  • Migration Scenarios
  • Deployment Best practices 


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


This course is not associated with any Certification.


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