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DCACI: Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure


Course Overview:

This five-day course helps you prepare to take the exam,
Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
(300-620 DCACI), which leads to CCNP Data Center and
Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center ACI
Implementation certifications.
The Implementing Cisco Application Centric
Infrastructure (DCACI) course will show you how to
deploy and manage the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series
Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
(Cisco ACI) mode. The course gives you the knowledge
and skills to configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000
Series Switches in ACI mode, how to connect the Cisco
ACI fabric to external networks and services, and
fundamentals of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
integration. You will gain hands-on practice
implementing key capabilities such as fabric discovery,
policies, connectivity, VMM integration, and more.


The knowledge and skills that the learner should have
before attending this course are as follows:
• Understanding of networking protocols, routing, and
• Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products
• Understanding of Cisco data center architecture
• Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals

Who Should Attend:

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
• Network Designer
• Network Administrator
• Network Engineer
• Systems Engineer
• Data Center Engineer
• Consulting Systems Engineer
• Technical Solutions Architect
• Cisco Integrators/Partners
• Field Engineer
• Server Administrator
• Network Manager
• Storage Administrator
• Cisco integrators and partner

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to
meet these overall objectives:
• Describe Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and basic
Cisco ACI concepts
• Describe Cisco ACI policy model logical constructs
• Describe Cisco ACI basic packet forwarding
• Describe external network connectivity
• Describe VMM Integration
• Describe Layer 4 to Layer 7 integrations
• Explain Cisco ACI management features
This course will help you:
• Gain skills and hands-on practice implementing Cisco
Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode
• Prepare for the Implementing Cisco Application
Centric Infrastructure (300-620 DCACI) exam
• Qualify for professional-level and expert-level data
center job roles

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introducing Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure
and Basic Concepts

• What Is Cisco ACI?
• Cisco ACI Topology and Hardware
• Cisco ACI Object Model
• Faults, Event Record, and Audit Log
• Cisco ACI Fabric Discovery
• Cisco ACI Access Policies

Module 2: Describing Cisco ACI Policy Model Logical

• Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
• Tenant
• Virtual Routing and Forwarding
• Bridge Domain
• Endpoint Group
• Application Profile
• Tenant Components Review
• Adding Bare-Metal Servers to Endpoint Groups
• Contracts

Module 3: Describing Cisco ACI Basic Packet Forwarding

• Endpoint Learning
• Basic Bridge Domain Configuration

Module 4: Introducing External Network Connectivity

• Cisco ACI External Connectivity Options
• External Layer 2 Network Connectivity
• External Layer 3 Network Connectivity

Module 5: Introducing VMM Integration

• VMware vCenter VDS Integration
• Resolution Immediacy in VMM
• Alternative VMM Integrations

Module 6: Describing Layer 4 to Layer 7 Integrations

• Service Appliance Insertion Without ACI L4-L7 Service
• Service Appliance Insertion via ACI L4-L7 Service
• Service Graph Configuration Workflow
• Service Graph PBR Introduction

Module 7: Explaining Cisco ACI Management

• Out-of-Band Management
• In-Band Management
• Syslog
• Simple Network Management Protocol
• Configuration Backup
• Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
• Role-Based Access Control
• Cisco ACI Upgrade
• Collect Tech Support\

Lab Outline:

• Validate Fabric Discovery
• Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
• Create Access Policies and Virtual Port Channel (vPC)
• Enable Layer 2 Connectivity in the Same Endpoint
Group (EPG)
• Enable Inter-EPG Layer 2 Connectivity
• Enable Inter-EPG Layer 3 Connectivity
• Compare Traffic Forwarding Methods in a Bridge
• Configure External Layer 2 (L2Out) Connection
• Configure External Layer 3 (L3Out) Connection
• Integrate Application Policy Infrastructure Controller
(APIC) With VMware vCenter Using VMware
Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)

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