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Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF

Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF Course Description

Duration: 5.00 days (40 hours)

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DCACIF (Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals) is a 5-day Instructor-led training course that is designed for systems & field engineers who install & implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode using the updated 2.0(x) version & updated Cisco Nexus 9000 hardware platform. The course covers the key components & procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode utilizing the updated 2.0(x) version, & how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks & services.

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Dec 18, 2017 – Dec 22, 2017
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Jan 22, 2018 – Jan 26, 2018
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Mar 26, 2018 – Mar 30, 2018
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Intended Audience for this Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF Course

  • » This course is for systems engineers, technical architects, & product specialists in data center technical sales roles. Students include those who need to gain experience with understanding, configuring, & designing the data center networking environment with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches.

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Course Prerequisites for Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF

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Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF Course Objectives

  • » Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • » Describe the ACI fabric
  • » Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • » Describe the Cisco Nexus 9300-EX Series Switch hardware
  • » Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • » Understand the Cisco Cloud Based APIC
  • » Describe VXLAN Bridging, Gateway and Routing
  • » Configure VDS and ADS microsegmentation
  • » Configure ACI L4L7 service integration
  • » Integrate the APIC hypervisor
  • » Understand the programmability & orchestration of the ACI network
  • » Discuss ACI connectivity to outside networks
  • » Implement ACI management

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Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals v2.0 - DCACIF Course Outline

      1. Cisco ACI Overview
        1. What problems are we trying to fix?
          1. The 3-Tier Application
          2. Application Flow
          3. Three Tier Application with Networking
          4. What are VLAN’s for?
          5. Applying Logical Model to Physical Model
          6. Maintenance of Large Infrastructure is Complex
          7. Problem: Micromanagement of Infrastructure
          8. Example: Configure Network on a New Server
          9. Imperative Control Systems
          10. Goal: Capture & Preserve User Intent
          11. The ACI Solution
          12. Unified Ports
          13. Unified Fabric
          14. What is ACI?
          15. Logical Networking Provisioning of Stateless Hardware
          16. What is the APIC?
          17. ACI Design & Philosophy
          18. Solution: Declarative Control
          19. Summary
        2. Hardware Overview
          1. The Cisco Nexus 9000 Solution
          2. The Cisco Nexus 9300-EX Solution
          3. The Cisco Cloud Scaled ASIC
          4. Common Hardware Platform: Two Modes
          5. Modular Switch Overview
          6. Modular Switch Chassis
          7. Modular Switch Components
          8. Modular Line Cards
          9. Fixed Switch Platforms (Spine)
          10. Fixed Switch Platforms (Leaf)
          11. Fabric Extenders
          12. 40G QSFP BiDi
          13. 40G/10G Breakout
          14. Cisco Nexus 9000 Hardware Differentiators
          15. Going Beyond SDN
          16. Describing the Cisco APIC
          17. Centralized Automation & Fabric Management
          18. Algorithmically Sharded Cluster
          19. APIC Controller is Attached In-Band
          20. Spine & Leaf Topology
          21. Why Spine/Leaf?
          22. ISIS Fabric Infrastructure Routing
          23. Decoupled Identity, Location, & Policy Multi-Hypervisor Normalization
        3. Software Overview
          1. Networking Concepts
          2. Tenants
          3. Contexts
          4. Bridge Domain
          5. Application Profiles
          6. End Point Groups
          7. EPG’s, Subnets, & Policy
          8. External Connectivity Options
          9. L4-L7 Services
          10. Security Policies
          11. Contracts
          12. ACI Contracts
          13. Subjects
          14. Filters
          15. Building Contracts
          16. Taboos
          17. The Provider & Consumer Relationship
          18. Defining Provider & Consumer Relationships
          19. Supported Deployment Models
          20. Network Centric (Example VLAN=BD=EPG)
          21. Application Centric (Example)
          22. Hybrid (Example)
          23. Inter-Tenant Communication
          24. Inter-Tenant Contracts
        4. Fabric Transport
          1. ACI Fabric Integrated Overlay
          2. Virtual Extensible LAN
          3. ACI VXLAN Header
          4. VNID as a Private Network Identifier
          5. VNID as a Bridge Domain Identifier
          6. VNID as an Endpoint Identifier
          7. Network Services Header Extends the VXLAN Data Plane
          8. Decoupled Identity, Location, & Policy
          9. Multi-hypervisor Normalization
          10. Normalization of Ingress Encapsulation
          11. Overview of ACI Fabric Unicast Forwarding
          12. Overview of ACI Fabric Policy Mechanisms
      2. Cisco ACI - Configuring Basic Constructs
        1. GUI & CLI Overview
          1. Graphical User Interface
          2. Login Screen
          3. Menu Bar/Submenu Bar
          4. Navigation/Work Pane
          5. System
          6. Tenant
          7. Fabric
          8. VM Networking
          9. L4-L7 Services
          10. Admin
          11. Operations
          12. Search/Info
          13. Welcome
          14. Command Line Interface
          15. Logging into NXOS-CLI
          16. Modes of Operation
          17. Configuring Out of Band (OOB) Management-Example
        2. Configuring Tenants & Contracts
          1. Configuring a Tenant
          2. Configuring a Tenant
          3. Configuring a Private Network (VRF)
          4. Configuring a Bridge Domain
          5. CLI Option- Tenant, VRF & BD
          6. Configuring an Application Profile
          7. Configuring an EPG
          8. CLI Option- Application Profiles & EPG’s
          9. Configuring Contracts
          10. Configuring a Filter
          11. Configuring a Contract
          12. Configuring a Contract (Cont...)
          13. CLI Option- Contracts & Filters
          14. Providing Contracts
          15. Consuming Contracts
          16. CLI Option- Providing a Contract
          17. CLI Option- Consuming a Contract
      3. Cisco ACI External Connectivity, Management, & Migration
        1. Policy Coordination with VM Managers
          1. VMM Domains
          2. VMM VLANs (Dynamic)
          3. Leveraging the Native vSwitch
          4. Cisco Nexus AVS Integration Overview
          5. EPG Spanning Across VMM Domains
          6. Recommended Practices for VLAN Networks
          7. Concept Map
          8. Port Groups Extend to Both Physical & Virtual & Across Virtualized Servers
        2. Hypervisors & Bare Metal
          1. Hypervisor Integration
          2. Management Networks
          3. ACI Fabric & VMWare DVC Integration
          4. Endpoint Identification
          5. Cisco ACI & Microsoft Integration
          6. Integration with Microsoft Hyper-V
          7. Cisco Integration with Redhat Linux
          8. Bare Metal
          9. Bare Metal Connectivity
          10. Port Encapsulation
        3. Vmm Domains
          1. Configuring Vmm Domains
          2. Fabric Access Policies
          3. Interface Policies –CDP/LLDP Policy
          4. Interface Policies-Access Port Policy Group
          5. Interface Policies- Interface Profile / Access Port Selector
          6. Switch Profile
          7. Attachable Access Entity Profile (AAEP)
          8. VLAN Pools
          9. Creating VMM Domain
          10. Attaching the EPG to the VMM Domain
          11. Verifying the DVS Creation
          12. ESXI Configuration
          13. Attach the Guest
          14. CLI Option- VMM Creation-VLANS
          15. CLI Option- VMM Creation- Interface Profiles & APPG
          16. CLI Option- VMM Creation – Switch Profile
          17. CLI Option- VMM Creation - VMM Domain
          18. CLI Option- VMM Creation- Attaching EPG
        4. Microsegmentation in the New Data Center
          1. Virtual Distribution Switch
          2. Integrating Cisco ACI with VMware
          3. Configuration Integration with VMware
          4. Endpoint Identification
          5. Cisco ACI Hypervisor Integration – VMware VDS
          6. Create a VMM Domain
          7. Create a vCenter Domain
          8. Create a VLAN Namespace
          9. Create a vCenter Controller Association
          10. ACI VMware Integration – Create a VMM Domain
          11. Associate EPG to VMM
          12. Create a VLAN Namespace
          13. Configuration Integration with Microsoft SCVM
          14. Integration with Microsoft Hyper-V
          15. Comparing AVS to Hypervisor-Based Virtual Switches
          16. Cisco AVS Key Features
      4. Cisco ACI - Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
        1. Overview of External Connectivity
          1. Use Cases
          2. Options
          3. What is a Network on APIC?
          4. Component Relationships
          5. Policy View
          6. Important Concepts- Inside Outside
          7. Internal EPG to External EPG
          8. External EPG to Internal EPG
          9. Scaling
          10. SVI Connection
          11. ACI Layer 3 Outside Connection IP Multicast Traffic
          12. Extended Layer 2 Domain Out of ACI
          13. STP Interaction
          14. BPDU Flooding
          15. ACI Layer 2 External Connections STP TCN Snooping
          16. Local Loop Detection
        2. Layer 3 Outside Connectivity & Configuration
          1. L3 Outside Connectivity
          2. Layer 3 Connection Options
          3. Route Redistribution
          4. OPSFv3 Peering Considerations
          5. Route Redistribution with OSFPv2
          6. ACI as a Layer 3 Stub Network
          7. EIGRP Peering Considerations
          8. IBGP Peering Considerations
          9. EBGP Considerations
          10. Configuring L3 Outside
          11. Route-Reflector Configuration
          12. Route Reflector Configuration-Pod Policy Group
          13. Route Reflector Configuration –Applying Pod Policy
          14. Verifying Route Reflector Configuration
          15. CLI-Option BGP Route-Reflector
          16. Preparing the Fabric for L3 Out
          17. Tenant- External Routed Out
          18. Tenant- External Node
          19. Tenant- Interface Profile
          20. Tenant- Example - SVI Interface
          21. Tenant- External EPG
          22. Verifying the L3 External Out Configuration- OSPF
          23. Verifying the L3 External Out Configuration- EIGRP
          24. Verifying the L3 External Out Configuration- BGP
          25. Configuring Layer 2 Outside
          26. L2 Bridged Outside Concept
          27. Tenant- External Bridged Out
          28. Tenant-L2 EPG Profile
          29. Verifying the L2 External Out Configuration
      5. Cisco ACI - L4-L7 Services
        1. Service Insertion Concepts
          1. Device Packages
          2. Device Cluster
          3. Programmability
          4. Programming Options
          5. Device Packages
          6. Developing Device Specifications
          7. Opflex is a Flexible, Extensible Policy Protocol
          8. Opflex Uses a Declarative Model
          9. Service Insertion
          10. Service Insertion
          11. Redirection to Multiple Services
          12. Service Graphs
          13. Where are Service Graphs Helpful
          14. Service Graph Parameters
          15. Service Graph Rendering
        2. Configuring L4-L7 Devices
          1. Configuring the Concrete Device
          2. Configuring the Functional Profile
          3. Configuring a Service Graph
      6. Cisco ACI - Administration & Troubleshooting Tools
        1. Administration & Troubleshooting Tools
          1. RBAC
          2. Security Domains
          3. Users
          4. Roles
          5. Applying Security Domains & Roles
          6. LDAP/RADIUS/TACACS+
          7. Firmware
          8. Prior to Upgrading
          9. Uploading Code to the APIC
          10. Firmware Repository
          11. Upgrading the Controller
          12. Firmware Groups
          13. Maintenance Groups
          14. Upgrading the Nodes
          15. Backups
          16. Defining Remote Locations
          17. Snapshot Feature
          18. Import
          19. Configuration Rollbacks
        2. Troubleshooting, Faults & Monitoring
          1. Troubleshooting
          2. Troubleshooting Philosophy
          3. Troubleshooting Example
          4. Possible places to begin-Operations Tab
          5. Possible Fix Points
          6. Faults
          7. Fault Overview
          8. Fault Properties
          9. Isolating Faults through Health Checks
          10. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          11. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          12. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          13. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          14. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          15. Isolating Faults through Health Checks(Cont.)
          16. Other Troubleshooting Tools
          17. Monitoring
      7. Cisco ACI - Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability & Orchestration
        1. Need for Programming
          1. The Business Need for Network Programmability
          2. ACI Programmability
          3. ACI Open APIs & Ecosystem
          4. API Protocols
          5. How is REST Used?
        2. JSON & XML
          1. What is XML?
          2. What is JSON?
          3. Evaluating XML & JSON
          4. Northbound: REST API, Python, Puppet, Chef, Openstack
          5. Southbound: Layer 4 to Layer 7 Scripting API
          6. Cisco DevNet- New Developer Program from Cisco
          7. Community Code Development
        3. Programmability with REST API
          1. What is REST?
          2. REST API’s
          3. Configuration & the RESTful API
          4. What is RPC used for?
          5. The ACI APIC Object-Based Tree
          6. APIC REST API Operations
          7. APIC REST API Message Format
          8. dMIT Queries
        4. Orchestration
          1. Opflex is a Flexible, Extensible Policy Protocol
          2. Opening the ACI Policy Engine with OpFlex
          3. How OpFlex Works-Simplified
          4. Opflex Protocol
          5. Opflex Protocol Messages
          6. Example OpFLex Plus Open vSwitch
          7. Opflex-Declarative Models
          8. OpenStack-Enabling the Cloud
          9. Two Option from OpenStack API’s
          10. Neutron API
          11. Group Policy API
          12. Group Based Policy in OpenStack
          13. Group Policy Model
          14. OpenStack ACI Integration
          15. Group-Based Policy Workflow
          16. OpenStack APIC Plug-in Details
          17. OpenStack Group Policy Details
          18. OpenStack Group Policy Plus OpFlex
          19. Application Policy in OpenDaylight
          20. Open Policy Exposed Through OSS Tools
      8. Cisco ACI - Practical Review
        1. Attaching Appliances to the Fabric
          1. How the Network Look Today
          2. Common Physical Design
          3. Virtual Design
          4. Physical Server
          5. Network Design
          6. Storage
          7. Spine & Leaf
          8. New Hardware Approach
          9. Attaching the Virtual Appliances
          10. Physical Server
          11. L4-L7 Services
          12. Storage
        2. Policy & Application Mapping
          1. Planning the Application EPG Connectivity
          2. Identify the Endpoints
          3. Who talks with whom?
          4. Network Centric Model
          5. Application Centric Model
          6. Planning Filters
          7. Assigning Filters to Contracts
          8. Assigning Contracts
          9. Bridged & Routed Outside
          10. Identify the Connection Type
          11. Basic Layout- No Security
          12. Service Insertion
          13. Service Insertion Considerations
          14. Service Insertion Internal
          15. Service Insertion External to Fabric
      9. Labs
        1. Accessing the Remote Lab Environment
        2. Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery
        3. Configuring the OOB Management Address for the Fabric Switches
        4. Configure Basic Network Constructs
        5. Configure Policy Filters & Contracts
        6. Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile
        7. Building a Physical Domain
        8. Register a VMM Domain with ACI
        9. Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC-Initiated DVS
        10. Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
        11. Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
        12. Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
        13. Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network
        14. Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network
        15. Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
        16. Configure APIC Using the REST API
        17. Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users
        18. Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
        19. Monitor & Troubleshoot ACI

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David M.
- Networking expert with several Cisco certifications, including CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, CCSI, and CCVP. - Has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning. - Average rating of 8.75 out of 9 on student evaluation reports.


David has been in the Networking field for the past eleven years and holds several Cisco certifications. He has been an instructor since 2005 and has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning.

David is an extremely enthusiastic trainer with a raw passion towards teaching and delivering Cisco information and takes great pride in his career as an instructor, which has lead him to develop and deliver the class in his own unique way; very professional and knowledgeable, yet pleasant and enjoyable. His classes have a high passing rate for students taking certification exams, and averages 8.75 out of 9 on evaluation reports.
Michael G.
- Over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer.
- An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, as well as select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.
- High-skilled and acclaimed instructor. Has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning.


Michael has over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer. An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, Michael also teaches select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.

Michael's dedication and passion for teaching is unmatched. He has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning since 2006 and his evaluation scores average 8.7 out of 9.
William D.
- Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, in addition to several IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of experience in the IT industry; background ranges from engineering, administration and escalation support in networks.


William is a highly-skilled IT professional with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, with experience in engineering, administration and escalation support in networks ranging from small to large scale complex enterprise environments.

As a Cisco and CompTIA Subject Matter Expert, he holds several certifications, including Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE. William is one of NetCom's top trainers, consistently scoring high marks in student evaluations.

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