Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode

Duration: 
5 days
Codes: 
ACI,DCAC9K
Versions: 
9000

Overview

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.

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.

Audience

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

Skills Gained

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Describe the ACI fabric
  • Describe Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • Configure ACI L4–L7 service integration
  • Integrate the APIC hypervisor
  • Understand the programmability and orchestration of the ACI network
  • Discuss ACI connectivity to outside networks
  • Implement ACI management
  • Describe migration options with ACI

Prerequisites

Important Course Information Important Course Information Requirements: Requirements:

  • Students should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Students should understand Cisco data center architecture.
  • Students should be familiar with virtualization.
  • Good understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching:
    • Recommended CCNA Certification
    • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Routing v2.0 (ROUTE)
    • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)

Good understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching:

  • Recommended CCNA Certification
  • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Routing v2.0 (ROUTE)
  • Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)

Recommended attendance of Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH) Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)

During the course of instruction, the learner will be exposed to the configuration of advanced technologies, such as BGP, OSPF and IS-IS. The learner will not be required to have experience with these technologies in order successfully complete the class.

Course Outline

1.Cisco Application Infrastructure Overview

  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI Mode
    • Review ACI concepts and principles
    • Describe policy and the ACI policy model in particular
    • Differentiate between the policy and the network
    • Define application logic through policy
    • Describe provider and consumer relationships
    • Understand how to automate infrastructure through policy
    • Review policy instantiation
    • List the advantages of policy-driven data center design
  • Describing the ACI Fabric
    • Describe spine/leaf single-site topology
    • Describe ACI management networks
    • Describe fabric initialization and discovery using LLDP
    • Describe extended VXLAN
    • Describe integrated overlay with host/32 routing
    • Describe unicast forwarding
    • Describe multicast forwarding
    • Describe distributed Layer 3 gateway
    • Describe ACI as a gateway
    • Describe flowlet dynamic load-balancing
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series chassis
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series supervisor modules
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series system controllers
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series fabric modules
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series line card modules
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series fans and power supplies
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9500 Series packet forwarding
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9000 Series FEX support in the ACI
    • Describe 40 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking in the data center
    • Describe the optics supported by the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode
    • Describe Cisco Nexus 9000 Series performance for ACI
  • Configuring the APIC
    • Explain the APIC
    • Configure endpoint groups
    • Configure application profiles
    • Configure contracts
    • Configure subjects and filters
    • Configure taboos
    • Configure contexts
    • Configure bridge domains
    • Configure tenants

2.Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Configuration and Orchestration

  • Configuring Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services
    • Describe service insertion and redirection
    • Implement service graphs
    • Configure application profiles specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
    • Configure ACI programmability of Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
    • Describe device packages
    • Describe OpFlex
  • Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
    • Describe policy coordination with VM managers
    • Describe management networks
    • Configure ACI integration with VMware
    • Configure ACI integration with Microsoft SCVMM
    • Describe ACI integration with Red Hat
  • Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability and Orchestration
    • Describe the need for Programming
    • Describe the JSON and XML encoding formats
    • Configure ACI programmability using the REST API
    • Implement the API Inspector
    • Configure ACI programmability using Python
    • Describe OpFlex
    • Describe OpenStack orchestration
    • Describe OpenDaylight, an open-source SDN controller

3.Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure External Connectivity, Management and Migration

  • Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
    • Review inside and outside network policies
    • Configure a Layer 3 connection outside the network
    • Configure a Layer 2 connection outside the network
  • Implementing ACI Management
    • Configure security domains, and local and remote users
    • Describe how to repurpose standalone to ACI
    • Describe managing ACI software
    • Demonstrate health scores
    • View faults and events
    • Configure log retention policy, diagnostics, and forensic abilities
  • Describing Migration Options with the ACI
    • Discuss methods of interconnecting existing data center network pods to the ACI fabric for migration
    • Discuss options for migrating Cisco Nexus 5500 Series Switches and fabric extenders to Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
    • Discuss options for migrating fabric extenders to Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
    • Discuss connecting an existing Layer 2 vPC from networks to the ACI border leaf
    • Discuss connecting existing Layer 3 networks to the ACI border leaf

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Wokingham5 2500 £2500 2018-12-10
Warsaw
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Ile de France
Paris5 5800 £5800 2018-12-10
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Hamburg5 2500 £2500 2018-12-17
Osrednjeslovenska
Ljubljana5 2500 £2500 2018-12-17
Hamburg
Hamburg5 2500 £2500 2019-01-07
Utrecht
Utrecht5 2500 £2500 2019-01-07
Onsite
Onsite5 2500 £2500 2019-01-19
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London
London5 2500 £2500 2019-01-28
Berkshire
Wokingham5 2500 £2500 2019-03-18