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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Operations and Troubleshooting (DCACIO)

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3 Days




The Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Operations and Troubleshooting (DCACIO) v4.1 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.

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

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

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

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

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)
  • 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

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