ACI Operations Bootcamp


Course Description

This 5-day boot camp is the most comprehensive ACI course in the industry. This class is focused on real-world operations of ACI with the added benefit of exploring the most common issues found within ACI and examining how to troubleshoot those issues. This boot camp builds on core concepts in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with an application-focused, policy-based model for orchestrating network service deployment.  

This course is designed for Operations teams, customers, systems engineers, and field engineers who are implementing and managing Cisco ACI but will also be involved with troubleshooting ACI implementations. We will cover the key concepts behind ACI’s application-centric, policy-based view of infrastructure. You will learn how ACI Managed Objects interoperate and how ACI tenants, application profiles, contracts, and endpoints, influence the ACI Fabric. We will explore strategies used to connect to external networks and services, and how to configure hypervisor integration and L4-7 services. Once the students have fully examined the interworking of ACI, we will explore troubleshooting methodologies and available tools for analyzing and solving common ACI problems.

Who Should Attend

This course is tailored for end-user, Operations, network and Data Center architects and engineers, as well as senior IT personnel who are involved with ACI implementations on a day-to-day basis and will be responsible for troubleshooting ACI and its interaction with attached devices.

Course Information


Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16



Learning Objectives

  • Provide an Overview of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution
  • Provide an overview of the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Review Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services
  • Provide an overview of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure solution
  • Provide an overview of how to connect ACI to outside networks
  • Provide an overview of how to implement ACI management Describe common topology options for integrating ACI with existing data centers
  • Identify troubleshooting issues around the APIC
  • Describe options for troubleshooting L2 and L3 forwarding within the ACI Fabric
  • Discuss troubleshooting scenarios in the Common Tenant and Management Tenant
  • Explain ways to rectify common VMM issues

Labs

  1. Access the Remote Lab Environment
  2. Familiarize Yourself with the GUI
  3. Configure Basic Network Constructs
  4. Attaching Internal Compute and adding the VMM Domain
  5. Configure External Layer 2 to Internal ACI Communication
  6. Creating a Two-Tier Application
  7. Configuring External Layer 2 to Internal ACI Communication
  8. Configuring External Layer 3 to Internal ACI Communication
  9. Exporting Contracts between Tenants
  10. Using the APIC Visibility and Troubleshooting Tool
  11. Exploring the Use of the ACI APIC CLI
  12. Access the Remote Lab Environment
  13. APIC Troubleshooting
  14. Troubleshooting Policies and Contracts
  15. Mapping out Unicast Data Plane Reachability
  16. L2 and L3 Troubleshooting
  17. Tenant Troubleshooting
  18. VMM Troubleshooting
  19. Troubleshooting Fabric Access Policies
  20. Troubleshooting Sets of Unknown Failures