Configuring ACI in the Cisco Nexus Data Center

5 days


The Configuring ACI in the Cisco Nexus Data Center course has been designed to provide you with the advanced knowledge and skill sets required to successfully deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) in a data center environment. You will learn the fundamental concepts that Cisco ACI and its operational elements are built on exploring in detail the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). You learn how to configure the various parts of the ACI environment to create a fully functional data center network based on this new technology. Troubleshooting and the migration of a traditional data center environment to Cisco ACI is incorporated through specific exercises.


Network and Data Center engineers tasked with the installation and operation of Cisco ACI in a data center environment.

Skills Gained

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy behind the Cisco ACI Model
  • Describe and configure the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
  • Configure the Cisco APIC
  • Configure Cisco ACI Management
  • Configure hypervisor integration with the Cisco APIC
  • Explain ACI network programmability and orchestration
  • Perform monitoring and troubleshooting with Cisco ACI
  • Perform migration of a traditional data center to Cisco ACI


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Complete knowledge of traditional networking - CCNP R&S Recommended
  • Data center and virtualization knowledge - DCUCI and DCUFI Recommended

Course Outline

Introduction to Cisco ACI

Examining Cisco ACI Component Architecture

Cisco ACI Configuration and Operation

Cisco ACI Migration


  • Lab 1: Exploring the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Lab 2: Exploring the Cisco APIC
  • Lab 3: Configuring Cisco ACI Operational Elements
  • Lab 4: Configuring Cisco ACI Layer 4 Layer 7 Service Insertion
  • Lab 5: Configuring Cisco ACI Hypervisor Integration
  • Lab 6: Configuring Cisco ACI External Connectivity
  • Lab 7: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting
  • Lab 8: Migrating an Existing Data Center to Cisco ACI

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