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Configuring ACI in the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CACND)

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Module 1: Introduction to Cisco ACI Lesson 1: Examining Cisco ACI Components

  • Describe the architecture of a switch fabric
  • Explain the basic operation of the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Describe the basic elements of the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series of data center switches
  • Explain the architecture and purpose of the Cisco APIC
  • Describe the purpose and function of application network profiles

Lesson 2: Examining Cisco ACI Operations

  • Define the dynamics of virtualizing the network infrastructure
  • Explain the basics of a policy-based network management model
  • Describe the foundational building blocks of the Cisco ACI Policy Model

Module 2: Cisco ACI Component Architecture

  • Lesson 1: Examining the Operation of the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Describe the ACI fabric elements and basic operational characteristics of the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Review the packet makeup for virtual extensible LAN
  • Describe the forwarding mechanisms used in the Cisco ACI fabric for unicast
  • Describe the forwarding mechanisms used in the Cisco ACI fabric for multicast
  • Introduce layer 2 and layer 3 gateways
  • Describe how the ACI monitors and manages congestion using dynamic load-balancing

Lesson 2: Exploring the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series chassis
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switch Supervisor Module
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch System Controllers
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switch Fabric Modules
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switch Card Modules
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switch Power and Cooling
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9300 Series switch architecture

Lesson 3: Examining the Cisco APIC

  • Describe the modules used by the Cisco APIC including Logical, Resolved and Concrete Models
  • Describe the architecture of the Cisco APIC
  • Describe the Cisco APIC DME architecture module
  • Configure Cisco APIC nodes in a clustered formation
  • Perform first-time setup and configuration on the Cisco APIC
  • Demonstrate access to the Cisco APIC using the GUI
  • Demonstrate access to the Cisco APIC using the CLI

Lesson 4: Managing Cisco ACI

  • Describe the Management Information Model used in Cisco ACI
  • Configure and use the Cisco ACI management network to monitor and alter the infrastructure as needed
  • Identify faults and perform troubleshooting on the Cisco ACI system

Module 3: Cisco ACI Configuration

Lesson 1: Configuring the Cisco APIC from the GUI

  • Describe a Tenant
  • Configure and verify tenants in Cisco ACI from the APIC GUI
  • Describe a VRF and Bridge Domain
  • Configure and verify VRF and bridge domains in Cisco ACI from the APIC GUI
  • Describe an Application Profile
  • Configure and verify an Application Network Profile in Cisco ACI from the APIC GUI
  • Describe an EPG
  • Configure and verify an EPG in Cisco ACI from the APIC GUI
  • Describe a contract
  • Configure and verify a contract in Cisco ACI from the APIC GUI

Lesson 2: Configuring the APIC from the CLI

  • Describe the benefits of a CLI, including scripting and user preference
  • Explore the documentation available for the CLI
  • Describe the difference between the older object-model CLI mode and the CLI mode of the Cisco NX-OS
  • Review an example of a configuration in which the CLI is used.

Lesson 3: Configuring the APIC with the API

  • Describe the benefits of an API, including scripting
  • Explore the documentation available for the API
  • Use the API Inspector
  • Describe how to save XML or JSON
  • Describe an example of a configuration that uses Chrome Postman

Lesson 4: Configuring Fabric Access

  • Describe the requirements for adding a device to a leaf cluster
  • Configure a VLAN pool on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI
  • Configure a physical domain (physical, virtual, external, etc.) on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI
  • Configure AAEP on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI
  • Configure an access port policy group on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI
  • Configure an interface profile or selector on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI
  • Configure a switch profile on a leaf cluster by using Cisco ACI

Lesson 5: Configuring vPCs

  • Describe a traditional vPC deployment
  • Describe vPC in an ACI environment
  • Configure the vPC domain in ACI
  • Configure the vPC policy group

Lesson 6: Configuring ACI Connectivity to External Networks

  • Explain inside and outside network policies in Cisco ACI
  • Describe a Layer 3 external connection
  • Configure a Layer 3 external connection
  • Describe considerations that exist for external Layer 3 routing
  • Describe a Layer 2 external connection
  • Configure a Layer 2 external connection
  • Describe considerations that exist for external Layer 2 routing

Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Cisco ACI

  • Describe the approach to troubleshooting in Cisco ACI
  • Use the troubleshooting tools available in Cisco ACI
  • Configure and use the technical support features available in Cisco ACI

Module 4: Cisco ACI Advanced Features Configuration

Lesson 1: Configuring Microsegmentation and Intra-EPG Isolation

  • Describe how ACI enables segmentation
  • Explain how microsegmentation works within the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Provide use-case examples for microsegmentation
  • Describe the attributes of microsegmentation
  • Configure microsegmentation with Cisco ACI
  • Describe intra-EPG isolation enforcement that uses Cisco ACI
  • Configure intra-EPG isolation enforcement

Lesson 2 – Examining Transit Routing

  • Describe the purpose of transit routing
  • Describe the capabilities of transit routing
  • Describe how MP-BGP is used to route traffic through the fabric
  • Describe how the fabric controls transit traffic
  • Describe the security features of transit traffic

Lesson 3 – Configuring Policy-Based Redirect

  • Describe the purpose of Policy-Based Redirect
  • Describe physical topology examples for Policy-Based Redirect
  • Describe the function of a service graph
  • Configure a service graph template and a service graph provider endpoint group

Lesson 4 - Configuring IP Multicast

  • Describe the use case for Layer 3 multicast functionality across bridge domains
  • Explain how PIM is used in the fabric
  • Describe the traffic flow of multicast traffic within the fabric
  • Configure multicast by using the web interface

Lesson 5: Examining ACI Multi-fabric Options

  • Define the Cisco ACI multifabric design options
  • Describe the Cisco ACI Stretched Fabric
  • Describe the site-to-site connectivity options
  • Describe the Cisco ACI Multi-Pod solutions
  • Describe the Cisco ACI software and hardware and the limitations for running Multi-Pod
  • Describe the relationship between the APIC and Inter-Pod Network
  • Describe how data is shared across APICs
  • Describe zones and autopod configuration

Module 5: Cisco ACI vCenter Plug-in

Lesson 1: Examining VMware Fundamentals

  • Describe how the VMware servers connect to the ACI fabric
  • Describe the key components of VMware
  • Describe the properties of ESX-based virtual machines
  • Describe how networking works within the VMware environment
  • Describe how VMware uses virtual switches and VLANs

Lesson 2: Configuring VM Connectivity

  • Configure a virtual switch in VMware
  • Describe network redundancy in VMware
  • Configure network redundancy, using NIC teaming in VMware
  • Connect a virtualized server to an access network based on Cisco Nexus switches

Lesson 3: Performing and Verifying vMotion Migrations

  • Describe the migration options that are available in virtual machines
  • Describe how to use the Storage vMotion feature
  • Configure VMware for Server vMotion
  • Describe how to use the Server vMotion feature

Lesson 4: Configuring ACI Integration with VMware

  • Describe the relationship between ACI components and VMware
  • Configure ACI to integrate with VMware

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: Exploring the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Lab 2: Exploring the Cisco APIC
  • Lab 3: Operational Element Configuration from the GUI
  • Lab 4: Operational Element Configuration from the CLI
  • Lab 5: Cisco APIC API Configuration
  • Lab 6: Endpoint Physical Connectivity
  • Lab 7: Virtual Port Channels
  • Lab 8: Cisco ACI External Connectivity
  • Lab 9: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting
  • Lab 10: VM Integration with Cisco ACI