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Troubleshooting Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACIT)


Course Overview

This course teaches you the key components and procedures that you need to know to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode, a solution to simplify, optimize, and accelerate infrastructure deployment and governance. This course is for advanced engineers who have installed and managed existing fabrics or for those who have completed the Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure-Advanced (DCACI) course.

This is a Cisco Learning Services course and is delivered directly by Cisco.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for developers and engineers including:

  • Network engineers


You should have the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • Completion of Cisco ACI Field Engineer Essentials course
  • Familiarity with data center infrastructure operations
  • Familiarity with management of Cisco data center switches
  • Basic programming
  • Basic network troubleshooting
  • System or network administration (Linux or Windows)
  • Data center operations

The following Cisco courses may help you meet these prerequisites:

Course Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Learn how to design policy-driven automation to streamline the deployment lifecycle
  • Integrate a comprehensive solution using any hypervisor, supporting any workload, for any location, and in any cloud

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Review and verify basic connectivity to Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Explain Cisco APIC and its monitoring, management, and troubleshooting aspects
  • Describe Cisco Network Assurance and Cisco Network Insights and how to use them to improve operational efficiency
  • Avoid common mistakes and recognize common symptoms

Course Content

Cisco ACI Day-2 Operations
  • Management Information Tree
  • Cisco ACI APIC and Built-In Tools
Day-2 Operational Challenges
  • Day-2 Challenges and Solutions
Introducing Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE)
  • Overview of Cisco Network Assurance Engine
  • Components of Cisco NAE
Introducing Cisco Network Insights
  • Introducing Cisco Network Insights Advisor
  • Introducing Cisco Network Insights Resources
Cisco ACI Fabric Operation and Forwarding
  • Virtual Extensible LAN Basics
  • Cisco ACI Initial Configuration Overview
Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Review of Logical Model
  • Review of Concrete Model
Troubleshooting the Logical Model
  • Troubleshooting Logical Model Methodology
Troubleshooting the Concrete Model
  • Troubleshooting Concrete Model Methodology
Troubleshooting Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Integration
  • Troubleshooting VMware
  • Verifying Blade Chassis
Troubleshooting Layer 4–7 Service Insertion
  • Layer 4–7 Service Graph Overview
  • Device Packages
Troubleshooting Layer 2
  • VLAN and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Mapping
  • Traffic Flow
Troubleshooting Layer 3 Routing
  • Troubleshooting Routing
  • Layer 3 Transit Routing
Troubleshooting Contracts and Route Leaking
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)-VRF Contracts and Route Leaking
Cisco ACI Best Practices
  • Cisco ACI Naming Conventions
  • Day-0 Configuration
Lab outline
  • Designing Enterprise Connectivity
  • Designing an Enterprise Network with BGP Internet Connectivity
  • Designing an Enterprise Campus LAN
  • Designing Resilient Enterprise WAN
  • Designing QoS in an Enterprise Network
  • Designing an Enterprise IPv6 Network
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Duration 2 days

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Instructor-led Online Training:   Course conducted online in a virtual classroom.
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