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Introduction to Cisco ACI

Develop essential skills for setting up a basic ACI Fabric.

GK# 4940

Course Overview

This course includes Cisco Training Exclusives

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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. 


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What You'll Learn

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


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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




  • ICND1 or equivalent experience or knowledge
  • Server virtualization knowledge

Who Should Attend

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

Vendor Credits


This course can be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

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Training Exclusives

Classroom and Virtual Classroom sessions of this course include access to the following benefits:

  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
  • IT Resource Library
  • Digital Courseware
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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 3 day

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