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Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.2

What you’ll learn in this course

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.2 course helps you prepare for the Cisco CCNP® Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. In this course, you’ll master the skills and technologies needed to implement Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) and Cisco Nexus® switches, virtualize data center infrastructure, and automate data center operations.

IT professionals with Cisco CCNP Data Center training and certification are uniquely qualified for professional-level or higher roles in enterprise-class data center environments. Cisco CCNP training and certification equips you with skills in a broad range of technologies and industry best practices to help you succeed in these in-demand roles.

Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days in the classroom with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 5 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 5 days of instruction with hands-on lab practice, videos, and challenges

How you’ll benefit

This course will help you:

  • Master the practical skills and technology knowledge necessary to implement Cisco ACI, virtualize data center environments, and automate data center operations
  • Contribute to business performance and infrastructure scale, transition to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with a policy-enforced approach, protect data, achieve high availability, and reduce the costs of data center operations
  • Prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification through a combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco data center equipment and software
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles in the high-demand area of enterprise-class data center environments

Who should enroll

IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in these roles:

  • Data center administrator
  • Data center engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Network designer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect
  • Cisco integrator or partner

How to enroll

Technology areas

  • Data center
  • Networking

Course details


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe two primary features to logically separate a physical switch
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus® 1000V Switch
  • Describe the programmability options in Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe Command-Line Interface (CLI) features that simplify configuration management
  • Use different scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe the high-level concepts and different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI
  • Create tenant-based policies for bare-metal hosts
  • Describe the integration of VM manager domains with Cisco ACI
  • Describe how Cisco ACI supports multitier applications
  • List Cisco ACI monitoring capabilities
  • Describe Cisco ACI programmability and orchestration
  • Describe virtual Port Channel (vPC)-based aggregation and availability
  • Describe the Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS), distributed firewall, and microsegmentation
  • Describe packet flows within Cisco ACI
  • Describe integrating Cisco ACI with external Layer 3 networks
  • Outline the integration options with external Layer 2 networks
  • Describe how Layer 4 through Layer 7 services are inserted into the Cisco ACI fabric, and how traffic is subsequently redirected


To fully benefit from this course, you should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v2.0 or higher

You should have a good understanding of the VMware environment and should also be able to:

  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization


  • Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation
    • Configuring Logical Device Separation
    • Configuring Virtual Switching Technology
  • Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
    • Implementing Configuration Programmability
    • Implementing Configuration Profiles
    • Using Scripting Tools
  • Application-Centric Infrastructure Overview
    • Introducing Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Building Blocks and Application Policies
    • Building Tenant-Based Policies with Bare-Metal Hosts
    • Describing VMM Domain Integration
    • Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Manageability and Programmability
    • Monitoring and Managing Cisco ACI
    • Describing Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration
  • Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
    • Describing vPC
    • Deploying Cisco AVS
  • Cisco ACI Networking
    • Describing Packet Flow Internal to the ACI Fabric
    • Describing External Layer 3 Network Integration
    • Describing External Layer 2 Network Integration
    • Configuring Service Insertion and Redirection

Lab outline

  • Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Discover and Initialize Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for VMs
  • Implement Application Policies
  • Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
  • Implement vPC to Hypervisors
  • Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Provision Layer 2 Extension Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW