This course shows you how to implement and use the advanced features of the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) mode. The course gives you the knowledge and skills to understand, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to implement traditional networks in Cisco ACI, and how to implement Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and Multi-Site deployments. You will gain hands-on practice implementing advanced ACI capabilities such as Rogue Endpoint Feature, Transit Routing, VRF Route Leaking, Contracts and Zoning Rules, Policy Based Redirect to Layer 4–7 Service Node, Multi-Pod Fabric and Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator.


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Explain Cisco ACI advanced fabric packet forwarding
- Explain advanced ACI policy and tenant configuration
- Describe Cisco ACI Multi-Pod deployment
- Explain the details and consideration of implementing and integrating traditional network with Cisco ACI
- Describe Cisco ACI Service Graph Policy-Based Redirect (PBR)
- Describe Cisco ACI Multi-Site deployment

  • Cisco ACI Advanced Packet Forwarding

  • Packet Forwarding Between Leaf Switches
    Endpoint Learning
    Network Interface Card (NIC) Teaming to ACI Fabric
    Endpoint Learning Optimizations
    Endpoint Loop Protection
    Rogue Endpoint Control

  • Using Advanced Cisco ACI Policy and Tenant Configuration

  • Layer 3 Outside Transit Routing
    Using Tenant Common for Shared Services
    Using Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) Route Leaking for Shared Services
    Using Layer 3 Outside configuration policy (L3Out) VRF Route Leaking for Shared Services
    Detailed Contract Architecture with pcTag
    Contract with vzAny
    Contract Preferred Group

  • Implementing Traditional Network in Cisco ACI

  • Integrating Switched Network with Cisco ACI
    Migrating Existing Switched Network to Cisco ACI
    Network- vs. Application-Centric Deployment Models

  • Cisco ACI Service Graph PBR

  • Service Graph PBR Overview
    PBR End-to-End Packet Flow
    Service Graph PBR Requirements and Topologies
    Service Graph PBR Tracking Options

  • Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Deployment

  • Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Overview
    Inter-Pod Network Overview
    Multi-Pod Provisioning and Packet Flow Between Pods
    Connectivity to External L3 Networks
    Service Node Integration Considerations
    Service Graph Considerations

  • Cisco ACI Multi-Site Deployment

  • Cisco ACI Multi-Site Overview
    Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator
    Inter-Site Network Overview
    Tenant Configuration Deployment from Multi-Site Orchestrator (MSO)
    Packet Flow Between Sites
    Multi-Site Stretched Components
    Multi-Site vs Multi-Pod Comparison

  • Lab Outline

  • Examine Local and Remote Endpoint Learning
    Verify Bounce Entries
    Validate IP Learning
    Mitigate IP and MAC Flapping with the Rogue Endpoint Feature
    Enable Transit Routing
    Implement VRF Route Leaking
    Configure VRF Route Leaking with L3Out
    Examine Contracts and Zoning Rules
    Configure Policy-Based Redirect to Layer 4–7 Service Node
    Deploy Multi-Pod Fabric
    Provision Policies with Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator


This course is of benefit for those whose job role could be Network designer, Network administrator, Network engineer, Systems engineer, Data center engineer, Consulting systems engineer, Technical solutions architect, Field engineer, Server administrator, Network manager, Storage administrator, and Cisco integrators and partners.




To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills: - Basic understanding of Cisco ACI - Understanding of Cisco data center architecture - Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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