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This course is designed for systems and field engineers who manage and implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode. The course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode, and how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services.

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

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Discuss the ACI fabric
  • Review 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

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • 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. Data center engineers and managers

  • 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 Cisco IP Routing Class (ROUTE)
  • Recommended attendance of Cisco Switching Class (SWITCH)

Module 1: Cisco ACI Overview

  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI Solution
  • Describing the ACI Fabric
  • Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
  • Configuring the APIC

Module 2: Cisco ACI Configuration and Orchestration

  • Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services
  • Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
  • Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability and Orchestration

Module 3: Cisco ACI External Connectivity, Management, and Migration

  • Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
  • Implementing ACI Management
  • Describing Migration Options with ACI


  • Accessing the Remote Lab Environment
  • Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery (Instructor Demo)
  • Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Configure Policy Filters and Contracts
  • Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile
  • Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
  • Register a VMM Domain with ACI
  • Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC DVS
  • Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
  • Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
  • Configure APIC Using the REST API
  • Exporting Contracts between Tenants
  • Configure APIC Using the ACI Cobra SDK (Python)
  • Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network
  • Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network
  • Configure APIC for Bare Metal to Bare Metal Communications
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
  • Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users