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DCAC9K V2.0 – Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode


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  • 5 Days Course
    Data Center Switching

    Classroom + Online

    ISK425500 (Excl. VAT)
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    Course Details


    This course is designed for systems and field engineers who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode. This course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage, and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switch platform.


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    After completing these courses, you will be able to:

    • Understand, design, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode •
    • Configure ACI Layer 4-to-Layer 7 service integration, and integrate the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) hypervisor
    • Configure orchestration and automation tools, protocols, and APIs
    • Configure the APIC to connect and integrate ACI with external networks, implement and use management tools and services, and describe migration options with ACI


    Module 1: Introducing Cisco ACI

    • Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI Solution
    • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Hardware Lab 1: Explore the Fabric Inventory
    • Hardware Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs
    • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
    • Lesson 4: Module Summary
    • Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

    Module 2: Cisco ACI Configuration

    • Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco APIC
    • Hardware Lab 3: Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
    • Hardware Lab 4: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile
    • Lesson 2: Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services
    • Lesson 3: Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
    • Hardware Lab 5: Register a VMM Domain with Cisco ACI
    • Hardware Lab 6: Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the Cisco APIC DVS
    • Hardware Lab 7: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
    • Hardware Lab 8: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
    • Hardware Lab 9: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
    • Lesson 4: Module Summary
    • Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

    Module 3: Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration

    • Lesson 1: Demonstrating Cisco ACI Network Programmability
    • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Network Orchestration
    • Hardware Lab 10: Configure Cisco APIC Using the REST API
    • Hardware Lab 11: Export Contracts Between Tenants
    • Hardware Lab 12: Configure Cisco APIC Using the Cisco APIC REST to Python Adapter (ARYA)
    • Hardware Lab 13: Configure Cisco APIC Using the Cisco APIC Python API
    • Lesson 3: Module Summary
    • Lesson 4: Module Self-Check

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

    • Lesson 1: Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
    • Hardware Lab 14: Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network
    • Hardware Lab 15: Configure Cisco APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network
    • Hardware Lab 16: Configure Cisco APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications
    • Lesson 2: Implementing ACI Management
    • Lesson 3: Describing Migration Options with ACI
    • Hardware Lab 17: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
    • Hardware Lab 18: Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users
    • Lesson 4: Module Summary
    • Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

    Target Audience

    • Cisco Channel Partners and Resellers
    • Cisco Customers
    • Cisco Employee


    It is recommended, but not required, that students have basic knowledge of:

    • Familiar with Cisco Ethernet Switching Products
    • Understanding of Cisco Data Center Architecture
    • Virtualization
    • 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)