Learning the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Learning the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Master Cisco's ACI and become an expert NOW!

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Created By: Rene Cardona
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About This Course

Automation, objects, and policies are replacing traditional networks as we know them. North-to-South or East-to-West traffic flows—do you know the difference between the two? Don't worry if you don't: this course will remedy that! Traditional campus networks are static, and won't change much because they can't scale up. Data centers are not meant to be static.

Today's Data Center architecture requirements are: scalability, geo-redundancy, security, multi-tenancy, and speed! Data center traffic flow should be highly available and predictable. As the demand for talented ACI engineers and architects is rapidly increasing, knowing the foundational aspects of SDN-based architectures and being able to implement and support them are crucial for your career development.

This fast-paced course uses a whiteboard-based approach with hand written explanations. We start with an introduction to fabric data center designs, Spine and Leaf architectures, and ACI. We then start to implement them and deploy a fabric from the ground up. Then we build a multi-tenant environment.

After completing this video training course, you will have gained a solid understanding of how to administer an Application Centric Infrastructure.

All relevant code files are placed on a GitHub repository at: https://github.com/PacktPublishing/Learning-the-Cisco-Application-Centric-Infrastructure-ACI-

Other Information

  • Certificate will provided in this course on Completion
  • Full lifetime access
  • Available on Mobile & Laptop

What Students Will Learn In Your Course?

  • Master end-to-end ACI fabric deployment
  • Perform initial APIC turn-up and configurations, Commission Leaves, and Spines
  • All aspects of ACI policy objects, interfaces, switch profiles, groups, and policies
  • Get to grips with ACI tenants, application profiles, Endpoint Groups (EPGs), contracts, and policies
  • Learn how objects and policies relate to each other—multi-tenancy in ACI
  • How to extend the ACI fabric beyond the datacenter
  • Configure external L2OUTs and L3OUTs
  • VMM integration with vCenter and UCS L4-L7 service insertion (firewalls, load balancers managed by ACI)
  • How to migrate your traditional campus network into ACI in simple yet effective steps and acquire the right skill set to perform the job right the first time

Are There Any Course Requirements Or Prerequisites?

While this training curriculum has been developed using a detailed approach the following knowledge skills are not required (but are strongly recommended):
•CCNP or equivalent routing and switching experience
•Experience working and implementing firewall ACLs, Layer 4 through Layer 7 inspection, and policies
•NX-OS datacenter switching and routing experience (BGP, vPC domains )
•General knowledge of VMware VSphere ESXi 50+ and vCenter
A familiarity with data center and campus-networks designs is assumed.

Who Are Your Target Students?

This course will appeal to senior network engineers, cloud networking engineers, data center network engineers, network and/or security solutions architects, data center solutions architects, and network automation engineers.
 

Course Content

  • 40 lectures
  • 09:43:48
  • Course Overview
    00:05:38
  • Spine and Leaf Architecture
    00:20:38
  • ACI Fabric Components
    00:17:14
  • Policy Driven Architectures
    00:15:59
  • Connecting an ACI Fabric Together
    00:06:32
  • Building the Fabric from the ACI APIC
    00:11:51
  • Fabric Inventory Hardware Membership
    00:09:39
  • ACI APIC Web User Interface
    00:17:36
  • Interface Policy Groups, Profiles, and Policies
    00:15:02
  • Switch Policies and Profiles
    00:11:23
  • Fabric Domains and VLAN Pools
    00:14:51
  • Configure Fabric Domains and VLAN Pools
    00:11:11
  • Attachable Entity Profiles
    00:05:17
  • Virtual Machine Manager Integration in ACI
    00:18:54
  • Fabric Tenants
    00:13:59
  • Application Profiles and Endpoint Groups
    00:14:51
  • Subjects, Filters, and Contracts
    00:14:33
  • ACI Domains to Tenant Relationship
    00:19:37
  • ACI Tenant Networking
    00:10:26
  • VRF and Bridge Domains
    00:13:19
  • Inter and Intra Tenant Communications and Contract Interfaces
    00:16:54
  • External L3OUT with BGP
    00:25:46
  • External L3OUT with OSPF
    00:19:28
  • Tenants to L3OUT: Part One
    00:22:35
  • Tenants to L3OUT: Part Two
    00:16:40
  • ACI As an External Transit Network
    00:12:19
  • External L2OUT
    00:21:19
  • Vlan Stitching
    00:15:05
  • DHCP Services In ACI
    00:19:45
  • L4-L7 Service Graph and Templates
    00:12:13
  • Adding Routed Firewalls in ACI
    00:19:35
  • Rest API with ACI Toolkit
    00:16:15
  • Automation with Python and the ACI Toolkit
    00:11:44
  • Bulk ACI Tenant Automation using Python Loops
    00:21:32
  • Working with ACI Command-Line Interface
    00:12:54
  • Understanding Faults and Health Scores
    00:08:42
  • Working with Visibility and Troubleshooting
    00:11:33
  • Maintenance Policies and Administration Rights
    00:15:10
  • Fabric Backups and Restores
    00:08:20
  • Out-Of-Band and In-Band Management Access
    00:07:29
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