Enter the credentials to access the APIC dashboard

The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric. The Cisco APIC provides centralized access to all fabric information, optimizes the application lifecycle for scale and performance, and supports flexible application provisioning across physical and virtual resources.

The system overview - ACI Dashboard details

Automation and operational simplicity are two of the key pillars of Cisco ACI. The ACI Graphical user Interface (GUI) is a great testament to that fact. The GUI is organized to provide hierarchical navigation to all components, logical and physical, of the overall system.

The existing fabric view

The Fabric tab contains the following tabs in the submenu bar:

 

Inventory tab—Displays the individual components of the fabric.

 

Fabric Policies tab—Displays the monitoring and troubleshooting policies and fabric protocol settings or fabric maximum transmission unit (MTU) settings.

 

External Access Policies tab—Displays the access policies that apply to the edge ports of the system. These ports are on the leaf switches that communicate externally.

The fabric topology overview

Complex information when displayed visually along with rich contextual information results in confident decision making. The Topology view here provides us with a quick overview of the Pod components consisting of 2 spine and 2 leaf switches.

 

In this case, we will continue to view the details of Pod 1 as well as add a leaf switch to that Pod.

Switches in the fabric

As discussed earlier, ACI automates many of the repeatable networking tasks and offers a single click experience in many cases to simply networking operations.

 

We will click on the “+” button to continue adding the new leaf switch.

Adding the new switch

Choose an appropriate Node name and Rack name for newly discovered leaf switch to add it to the existing fabric.

The newly added leaf: Topology view

In just a matter of few clicks, the new switch has been configured as a leaf switch in our existing fabric.