Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode


This course is a five-day instructor-led training program designed for customers, systems engineers, and field engineers who are implementing and managing Cisco ACI. The course covers the key concepts behind ACI’s application-centric, policy-based view of infrastructure. You will learn how to configure ACI tenants, application profiles, contracts, and endpoints, how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services, how to configure hypervisor integration and L4-7 services. You will also learn about strategies for migrating existing applications to an ACI fabric, and for automating and integrating configuration processes via scripting and APIs.

This course features extensive hands-on labs that begin with ACI fabric discovery and include deployment of application profiles, hypervisor integration, service graphs, external network connectivity, and a brief exploration of the APIC REST API.

Audience Profile

  • network managers
  • data center cloud systems architects
  • server administrators application developers
  • security engineers
  • virtualisation administrators.


  • provide an Overview of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution
  • describe the ACI Fabric
  • describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware for ACI
  • provide an overview of the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • review Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services
  • demonstrate the programmability and describe the orchestration features available on ACI
  • 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.


Students should have the following pre-requisite skills and knowledge:

  • good understanding of networking protocols Recommended CCNA Certification
  • good understanding of the VMware environment recommended attendance of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage class or equivalent knowledge.

On-Site Training

If you need training for three or more people, ask us about training at your site. You can enjoy the convenience of reduced travel cost and time, as well as a familiar environment for your staff. Additionally, we can customise the course for your business needs.

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