Introduction to Cisco ACI



Some of the characteristic challenges that you may experience with a classic data center include time-consuming application deployment, error-prone switch-by-switch configuration, and problematic application performance monitoring. Cisco ACI helps resolve these typical data center issues by significantly reducing customer application deployment time and improving IT alignment with business objectives and policy requirements.

In this course, you will practice developing essential skills for setting up a basic Cisco ACI Fabric. You will discover how data center components correspond to ACI Fabric components, and you will gain a deeper knowledge of the operation of an EPG, bridge domain, VRF, AEP, and many other features of ACI through the process of configuring a basic ACI Fabric. Hands-on labs will guide you through basic steps to set up switches, group devices by application, apply policy at an application level, and give application level visibility for troubleshooting. By the end of this class, you will have a strong fundamental foundation to help you further develop your ACI admin abilities, such as troubleshooting issues that could arise


  • Field engineers
  • Support engineers
  • Server administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Storage administrators

Learning Objectives

  • Create a Fabric access policy
  • Create an application profile
  • Create a VMM domain
  • ?Create contracts

1.�Become Familiar with the APIC GUI
2.�Understand ACI Fabric Discovery
3.�Configure a Fabric Access Policy to include CDP, LLDP, Port-Channel, and Link Level Policies.
4.�Configure Tenants, VRFs, and Bridge Domains
5.�Create a VLAN POOL
6.�Create a VMM DOMAIN
7.�Create an Attachable Entity Profile
8.�Attach an Attachable Entity Profile to a VMM Domain
9.�Create an Interface Policy Group
10.�Create an Interface Profile
11.�Create a Switch Profile
12.�Attach VMware ESXi Hosts to DVS
13.�Create Filters
14.�Create Contracts
15.�Create an Application Profile
16.�Associate VMM Domain to EPGs
17.�Connect VMs to ACI Created Distributed Virtual Switch
18.�Configure an External L3 Network
19.�Create Application Profile to Propagate Internal Public Routes
20.�Associate an L3 Outside Connection to a Bridge Domain
21.�Verify that the Leaf is Learning OSPF Routes from an External Router
22.�Configure a Contract between Internal and External EPG