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Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode

This course is designed for engineers who implement and manage the CIsco Nexus 9000 in ACI mode. The course covers the key components and procedures required to understand how to configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode , including how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services, as well as the fundamentals of programming and troubleshooting.

This course features extensive hands-on labs that begin with ACI fabric discovery and include deployment of application profiles, hypervisor integration, service graphs, external network connectivity, and a brief exploration of the APIC REST API.

The labs in this course are based on Cisco ACI software release v3.1

This course is worth 40 Credits in the Continuing Education Program

Target Audience

Individuals who need to understand how to configure and manage a data center network environment with the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switch operating in ACI Mode.


Learning Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Install the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch in ACI Mode
  • Review the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Hardware
  • Deploy the ACI Fabric
  • Configure the ACI Controller (APIC)
  • Understand the Differences between Cisco ACI Code Versions
  • Configure ACI L4-L7 Service Integration
  • Integrate Virtual and Physical Workloads in a Multi-hypervisor Fabric
  • Deploy Security and Management Capabilities of the ACI Network
  • Connect Cisco ACI to Outside Networks
  • Extend and Interconnect Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Migrate from a traditional Data Center to Cisco ACI with a Common, Policy-Enforced Approach.
  • Manage Cisco ACI
  • Program and Orchestrate the ACI Network
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ACI


Attendees should meet the following prerequisities:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols, routhing and switching  - CCNA or CCNP Recommended
  • Good understanding of Data Center Architecture - CCNA DC Recommended
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment - VSICM Recommended

Course Content

Cisco ACI Overview  

  • Cisco ACI Architecture and Building Blocks
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Hardware
  • Cisco ACI Access Policies
  • Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
  • Cisco ACI Packet Flow Scenarios

Cisco ACI Codes, Delta Releases and Features

  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 1.2
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 1.3
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 2.0
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 2.1
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 2.2
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 2.3
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 3.0
  • Features Presented in Cisco ACI Version 3.1

Virtualisation, Containers and Third Party Integration Features

  • Examining VMware Fundamentals
  • Cisco ACI Integration with VMware vCenter
  • Cisco ACI Integration with Cisco AVE
  • Cisco ACI Microsegmentation and Intra-EPG Isolation
  • Cisco ACI Integration with Microsoft SCVMM and Azure Pack
  • Cisco ACI Integration with OVS and Openstack
  • Cisco ACI Integration with Containers

Security and Monitoring Features

  • Cisco ACI L4-L7
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Security
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Monitoring, Logging and Fault Management in Cisco ACI
  • Cisco NetFlow

Cisco ACI External Networking

  • Cisco ACI External Connections
  • Cisco ACI External L3 Networks
  • Configuring External L3 Networks
  • Cisco ACI External L2 Networks
  • Configuring External L2 Networks

Cisco ACI Fabric Extensions and Interconnections

  • Deployment Options
  • Stretched Fabric
  • Cisco ACI GOLF Deployment
  • Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Deployment
  • Cisco ACI Multi-Site Deployment
  • Migrating Existing Networks to Cisco ACI

Fabric Management and Automation   

  • Cisco ACI Management
  • Cisco ACI Programmability
  • REST API-Based Automation
  • Cisco ACI Orchestration Solutions
  • Cisco ACI Upgrade and Image Management

Common Troubleshooting Scenarios

  • Cisco APIC Access Methods
  • Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools Using API
  • Troubleshooting Intra-Fabric Forwarding
  • Troubleshooting L3 Out
  • Exporting TechSupport


  • Lab 1: Explore the Cisco ACI Fabric Inventory
  • Lab 2: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity
  • Lab 3: Configure Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
  • Lab 4: Integrate Cisco ACI with VMware Using Native DVS
  • Lab 5: Deploy Cisco ACI Virtual Edge and Microsegmentation
  • Lab 6: Integrate Cisco ASAv with Cisco APIC
  • Lab 7: Configure Role-Based Access Control
  • Lab 8: Explore Cisco ACI Monitoring and NetFlow
  • Lab 9: Enable Connectivity to External L3 Networks
  • Lab 10: Enable Connectivity to External L2 Networks
  • Lab 11: Configure Cisco APIC Using REST API
  • Lab 12: Configure Cisco APIC Using Python Scripts
  • Lab 13: Explore Cisco ACI App Center and Cisco ACI Optimize Feature
  • Lab 14: Explore Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lab 15: Export TechSupport

Exams & Certification

Recommended as preparation for exams:

  • There are no exams currently aligned to this course

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