The Implementing the Application Control Engine Service Module (ACESM) course teaches learners how to design, deploy, and optimize intelligent network services using the Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module for Catalyst 6500 Switches. The course covers all of the key features of the Cisco ACE 2.0 software, including resource virtualization and management, server load balancing (Layer 2 to 4 and Layer 7), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) termination and offload, and security features like application-layer inspection and fixups.


  • Describe IP application delivery with the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the configuration tasks necessary to successfully deploy a Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the structure and function of the Modular Policy CLI statements used to configure ACE features
  • Describe the methods used to manage the Cisco ACE Module
  • Describe the capabilities the Cisco ACE Module used to load balance IP-based applications
  • Identify the Layer 7 processing options used to provide advanced application networking
  • Create new contexts and resource classes
  • Create class maps and server farms
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to load-balance traffic flows
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to monitor real servers
  • Implement fixups and inspection
  • Describe the Cisco ACE features that provide IP application security
  • Implement SSL termination
  • Configure network address translations
  • Describe the high availability features of the Cisco ACE Module
  • Configure a Cisco ACE context to perform a variety functions in an integrated environment
  • Troubleshoot common SLB configuration errors


  • Introducing Cisco ACE Module
  • Deploying Cisco ACE Module
  • Configuring Modular Policy CLI
  • Managing the Cisco ACE Module
  • Understanding Security Features
  • Configuring Layer 4 Load Balancing
  • Configuring Health Monitoring
  • Configuring Layer 7 Protocol Processing
  • Processing Secure Connections
  • Understanding High Availability
  • Integrating Multiple Features

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the TCP/IP protocol
  • Familiarity with HTTP and SSL protocols
  • Basic knowledge of the N-tier application architecture
  • Familiarity with server load-balancing concepts