4 days (or 3 days Fast Track version)

Description

This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Objectives

  • ACI Fabric Switches

 

  • Initial Fabric Configuration

 

  • ACI Connectivity Policies

 

  • Application Modeling and Deployment

 

  • Fabric Deployment

 

  • Hypervisor Integration

 

  • Connecting to Existing L2 Infrastructure

 

  • Connecting to Existing L3 Infrastructure

 

  • Integrating L4-7 Services with ACI

 

  • Operating ACI

 

  • Troubleshooting ACI

 

  • ACI Integration with Existing DC Networks

 

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of traditional networking.

 

Who Should Attend

  • This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

 

Agenda

ACI Overview

 

  • SON/Overlay Networking Primer

 

  • Cisco ACI Overview and Terminology

 

  • Logical Model Overview

 

  • Concrete Model Overview

 

 

ACI Fabric Switches

 

 

  • Nexus 9000 Overview

 

  • Nexus 9000 Models

 

  • Hardware Installation

 

 

APIC Overview

 

 

o APIC Introduction

 

o APIC Overview

 

o   APIC Installation

 

  • APIC GUI

 

  • Lab: ACI Fabric Discovery

 

 

ACI Connectivity Policies

 

 

o ACI Logical Model

 

o Tenant

 

o VRF

o Bridge Domain

 

o Subnet

 

o   End Points Groups (EPG)

 

  • Microsegmentation

 

  • Application Profiles (AP) and Contracts

 

  • ACI Quality of Service

 

  • Lab: Configuring ACI Forwarding Constructs

 

 

Application Modeling and Deployment

 

  • Designing an AP

 

  • Lab: AP

 

  • RESTful API Review

 

  • Lab: Using Postman

 

  • Learning Network Programmability

 

  • ACI Toolkit

 

  • Lab: Configuring Application Profiles via GUI

 

  • Lab: Configuring Application Profiles via Python/Postman

 

 

Initial Fabric Configuration

 

 

  • ACI Initial Configuration Overview

 

  • 00B Configuration

 

  • Network Time Protocol

 

  • Access Policies

 

  • External-facing Interface Configuration

 

  • ACI Pools

 

  • ACI Domains

 

  • Attachable Access Entity Profile (AAEP)

 

  • VPC Configuration in ACI Fabric

 

  • Simplified Interface & Policy Configuration

 

  • Troubleshooting Access Policy

 

  • Lab: Fabric Policy Configuration

 

  • Lab: Configuring ACI Policies and Pools

 

 

Fabric Operation and Forwarding

 

 

  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Basics

 

  • ACI Fabric Fundamentals

 

  • Fabric Forwarding
  • Endpoint Learning & Lookup

 

  • Fabric Innovations

 

 

Hypervisor Integration

 

 

  • Virtualization Primer

 

  • ACI Hypervisor Integration Overview
  • ACI Hypervisor Integration with VMware
  • Integration with VMware VOS
  • ACI VMware Configuration
  • ACI Integration with Microsoft
  • ACI Integration with OpenStack
  • OpFlex
  • Application Virtual Switch
  • Design Considerations
  • Virtualization Integration Summary
  • Lab: Configuring VMM Integration with VMware DVS

 

 

Connecting to Existing L2 Infrastructure

 

 

  • L2 Extension Overview
  • Option A: Extend EPG
  • Option B: Extend BO
  • Design Considerations
  • Configuring External Layer 2 Connection

 

 

Connecting to Existing L3 Infrastructure

 

 

  • L3 Integration Overview
  • L3 Integration & Configuration
  • Shared L3Out
  • Multi-Site ACI
  • Lab: Configuring External Layer 3 Connection

 

 

Integrating L4-7 Services with ACI

 

 

  • Service Graphs
  • Device Packages
  • Service Insertion Overview
  • L4-7 Services Configuration
  • Unmanaged Mode
  • Network Services Placement
  • Lab: Configuring Layer 4-7 Services

 

 

Operating ACI

 

  • APIC Management Access
  • Naming Conventions
  • Operations Tools
  • Firmware Upgrades
  • Backing Up
  • Lab: Configuration Export

 

 

ACI Integration with Existing DC Networks

 

 

  • DC Architecture Review
  • ACI Insertion Options
  • ACI Services Block Strategy

 

 

Troubleshooting ACI

 

 

  • APIC Troubleshooting
  • APIC Troubleshooting Tools
  • Health Scores
  • Troubleshooting Wizard
  • Statistics
  • Atomic Counters
  • ACI lmp/Oper/Tshoot Workshop

 

  • Digital Optical Monitoring
  • SNMP
  • Switchport Analyzer (SPAN)
  • Syslog
  • Traceroute
  • Visore – The APIC Object Store Browser
  • Troubleshooting via the CLI
  • Removing Unwanted _ui_ Objects
  • Fabric Recovery
  • ACI Backup
  • Lab: Health Scores and Troubleshooting Wizard
  • Lab: Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lab: Troubleshooting using the CLA

 

 

Advanced Troubleshooting

 

 

  • APIC High Availability and Clustering
  • Firmware and Image Management

 

  • Management Tenant
  • Common Network Services
  • Unicast Data Plane Forwarding and Reachability
  • Policies and Contracts
  • Connectivity to External Networks
  • Virtual Machine Manager Insertion
  • ACI Fabric Node Process Crash Troubleshooting
  • APIC Process Crash Troubleshooting
  • Lab: Understanding Firmware
  • Lab: Troubleshooting Common Services
  • Lab: Troubleshooting External Networks
  • Lab: Troubleshooting VM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labs

  • ACI Fabric Discovery
  • Fabric Policy Configuration
  • Configuring ACI Policies and Pools
  • Configuring ACI Forwarding Constructs
  • Configuring Application Profiles via GUI
  • Configuring Application Profiles via Python/Postman
  • Configuring VMM Integration with VMware DVS
  • Configuring External Layer 2 Connection
  • Configuring External Layer 3 Connection
  • Configuring Layer 4-7 Services
  • Configuration Export
  • Health Scores and Troubleshooting Wizard
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting using the CLA
  • Understanding Firmware
  • Troubleshooting Common Services
  • Troubleshooting External Networks
  • Troubleshooting VMM