DCACI - Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) v1.0 course show you how to deploy and manage the Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) mode. The course gives you 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. You will gain hands-on practice implementing key capabilities such as fabric discovery, policies, connectivity, VMM integration, and more.
This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (300-620 DCACI), which leads to CCNP® Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center ACI Implementation certifications.

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Prerequisites


To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
  • 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 you 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
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) or Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

Detailed Class Syllabus


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

Explaining Cisco ACI Management


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 Outline


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)