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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Operations and Troubleshooting (DCACIO) v4.0

What you’ll learn in this course

The Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Operations and Troubleshooting (DCACIO) v4.0 course shows you how to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode. Through expert instruction and hands-on practice, you will learn about operational tools, best practices, caveats, and more. You will practice troubleshooting common issues on a live fabric. Based on lessons learned in wide range of production deployments, this course gives you the real-world knowledge and skills to boost operational efficiencies in your own deployment.

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Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 3 day in the classroom
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 3 day of web-based classes

How you'll benefit

This course will help you:

  • Quickly ramp up on Cisco ACI operational knowledge, skills, and best practices honed from real-world production deployments
  • Gain hands-on troubleshooting techniques
  • Optimize the benefits of using Cisco ACI, such as streamlined operations

Who should enroll

IT professionals who operate and support a Cisco ACI data center network, including:

  • Data center engineers
  • Field engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Systems engineers

Technology areas

  • Data center

Course Details

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Operationalize and troubleshoot the ACI fabric
  • Understand Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and its monitoring, management, and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Avoid common mistakes and recognize common symptoms

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Cisco ACI concepts and implementation
  • Familiarity with data center infrastructure operations
  • Familiarity with management of Cisco data center switches
  • Understanding of basic network troubleshooting

The following courses will provide you with the required ACI skills:

  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)

Outline

  • ACI Overview and Configuration Review
    • Review Cisco ACI Architecture and Cisco ACI Building Blocks
    • Review the Physical and Logical Policy Model
    • Configuration Review (Physical and Logical)
    • ACI Policy Objects Review
    • Fabric Access Policies
    • vPC Explicit Protection Groups
    • VMM Integration with vCenter
    • L2 EPG Extension / L2 BD Extension Workflows
    • L3 Route Distribution / BGP Route Reflection
    • L3 Out Configuration Workflows
    • Contract Deny (Taboo) Logging
  • Cisco ACI Firmware, Configuration, and Management
    • Installation Checklist
    • HW Installation and Fabric Discovery
    • ACI Firmware Upgrades
    • Import / Export
    • Configuration Snapshots and Rollbacks
    • Configuration Zones
    • ACI Fabric Rebuild or Recovery
    • Cluster Management
    • Convert Cisco NX-OS mode to ACI mode
    • APIC Management Access Protocols
    • General Recommended Practices from the Technical Assistance Center TAC
  • Monitoring
    • ACI Operation Tools
    • ACI Dashboards
    • Health Scores
    • Faults in ACI
    • Viewing Events and Logs
    • Monitoring Policies
    • Monitoring using CLI
    • Displaying Capacity Dashboard and Traffic Map
    • GitHub Tools
  • Troubleshooting
    • Troubleshooting Checklist
    • Faults in ACI
    • Using Visore
    • CLI Troubleshooting Commands: moquery/iping/itraceroute/acidiag
    • Troubleshooting Endpoint Connectivity
    • Visibility and Troubleshooting Tool
    • Troubleshooting Access Ports
    • Troubleshooting the Fabric Discovery Process (Link Layer Discovery Protocol [LLDP])
    • Hardware Diagnostics and Replacement

Lab outline

  • Tenant Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Integration
  • External L2 Configuration
  • External L3 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Configure Syslog
  • Configure Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Visore
  • Navigating the CLI
  • iPing/iTraceroute
  • Troubleshooting Challenge Labs