Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v3.0 is a 5-day instructor-led lab-intensive course that introduces learners the implementation, management and troubleshooting of the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode. The course covers the key components and procedures that learners need to know to understand, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to connect the ACI fabric to external networks and services, the fundamentals of programming and troubleshooting.
This version of the course is based on the APIC GUI Version 3.1(1i).


Upon completing this course, students will be able to meet these objectives:
  • Install the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch in ACI mode
  • Review Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • Deploy the ACI fabric
  • Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • Understand the differences between Cisco ACI Code versions
  • Configure ACI L4-L7 service integration
  • Integrate virtual and physical workloads in a multi-hypervisor fabric
  • Deploy Security and Management capabilities of the ACI Network
  • Connect Cisco ACI to outside networks
  • Extend and Interconnect Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Migrate from a traditional data center to Cisco ACI with a common, policy-enforced approach
  • Manage Cisco ACI
  • Program and orchestrate the ACI Network
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ACI


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco ACI Overview
  • Cisco ACI Codes, Delta Releases, and Features
  • Virtualization, Containers, and Third-Party Integration Features
  • Security and Monitoring Features
  • Cisco ACI External Networking
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Extensions and Interconnections
  • Fabric Management and Automation
  • Common Troubleshooting Scenarios
  • Labs:
    • Explore the Cisco ACI Fabric Inventory
    • Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity
    • Configure Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
    • Integrate Cisco ACI with VMware Using Native DVS
    • Deploy Cisco ACI Virtual Edge and Microsegmentation
    • Integrate Cisco ASAv with Cisco APIC
    • Configure Role-Based Access Control
    • Explore Cisco ACI Monitoring and NetFlow
    • Enable Connectivity to External L3 Networks
    • Enable Connectivity to External L2 Networks
    • Configure Cisco APIC Using REST API
    • Configure Cisco APIC Using Python Scripts
    • Explore Cisco ACI App Center and Cisco ACI Optimize Feature
    • Explore Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Export TechSupport

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that students are expected to have before attending this course:
  • Students should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Students should understand Cisco data center architecture.
  • Students should be familiar with VMware virtualization fundamentals.
  • Students should have an understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching.