ACIMIG: Cisco ACI Migration

Cisco’s experience and knowledge gained from typical ACI clients’ compelling events and expected business outcomes proves that users can adopt different transition paths to ACI. In this 3-day Cisco ACI training course, we will discuss specifically how to migrate to ACI using two different methods: Network mode and Application mode. In addition, the ACI learning class will discuss virtualization migration, fabric path migrations, and other migration topics. It is recommended that students have a basic, working understanding of Cisco ACI to fully grasp the ACI course content.

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Prerequisites

  • Familiarity with Cisco ACI

What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials and official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss options available to migrate servers and applications to ACI
  • Better understand the end requirements and map the right ACI migration mode(s)
  • Articulate the high-level steps of a selected ACI migration mode
  • Understand the applicability of migration modes to your business outcomes

Course Outline

Module 1: ACI Migration

  • Lesson 1: Network Centric
    • ACI Deployment as a L2 Fabric
    • ACI Deployment as a L3 Fabric
    • Network Centric ACI Migration
    • Nexus 9000 Migration from Standalone to ACI mode
  • Lesson 2: Hybrid (Network and Application Centric) ACI Migration
    • Virtual Environment Migration
    • ACI Virtual Migration Assistant
  • Lesson 3: Application Centric
    • ACI Deployments for Known Application Profiles
    • ACI Approach to Application
    • Operational Challenges
    • Application Profiling Methodology
    • Advanced Services: Application Profiling for ACI

Module 2: Hardware and Software Migration

  • Lesson 1: Repurposing existing hardware
  • Lesson 2: Determine hardware requirements for migration
  • Lesson 3: Migration from NXos to ACI on a Nexus 9000
  • Lesson 4: Reverting to NXoS
  • Lesson 5: Migrating from VMware DVS to AVS
  • Lesson 6: Migrating from Nexus 1000V to AVS

Module 3: Multi-POD ACI Deployments

  • Lesson 1: Connecting Two ACI Fabrics
  • Lesson 2: Single Fabric Scenarios
    • Multi-Site (Stretched) Fabric
    • Synchronization of Fabric Policy

Module 4: Migrating a Brownfield Network to ACI

  • Lesson 1: L2 Connectivity with VLAN to EPG Static Mapping>
  • Lesson 2: Virtual Workloads Migration Considerations
  • Lesson 3: Default Gateway Migration Considerations
  • Lesson 4: L3 Routing Between Brownfield and Greenfield Networks
  • Lesson 5: Migration of L4-L7 Network Services

Module 5: Managing Flooding Within the Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Multi-Destination Protocol Traffic
  • Lesson 2: Configure ACI Bridge Domain settings
  • Lesson 3: Migrate Workloads
  • Lesson 4: Complete the Migration

Module 6: Managing the Default Gateway

  • Lesson 1: Migrating Default Gateway to the ACI Fabric
  • Lesson 2: Extension and Connecting
  • Lesson 3: Gradual Migration
  • Lesson 4: Simple Policy During Migration - Any-to-Any Configuration
  • Lesson 5: Dynamic ACL’s
  • Lesson 6: vPC & ACI Co-Existence

Module 7: L4-L7 Migration

  • Lesson 1: ACI Service Insertion via Policy
  • Lesson 2: Automation for Service Insertion and Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Service Automation Through Device Package
  • Lesson 4: L4-7 Service graph with “unmanaged” device
  • Lesson 5: Standard Architecture with Services
  • Lesson 6: Services Switch

Module 8: Layer 3 Migration

  • Lesson 1: Migrating the Connectivity to the Core
  • Lesson 2: ACI Routing Capabilities
  • Lesson 3: Route Export and External EPG Configuration
  • Lesson 4: VPC and Routing Protocols

Module 9: Migrating WAN and DCI to ACI

  • Lesson 1: Single Fabric (Multi-Site (Stretched) Fabric)
  • Lesson 2: Integration of Stretched ACI Fabric with LISP
  • Lesson 3: Integrating with OTV
  • Lesson 4: Same Pervasive GW IP & MAC on independent fabrics
  • Lesson 5: Multi-Site Leveraging IP Based EPG
  • Lesson 6: mBGP EVPN - Ethernet VPN
  • Lesson 7: Multi-Fabric Scenarios
    • Extending BGP VXLAN to the PE
    • Multi-Pod +ASR9K and N7K Border Lea

Module 10: Migrating Virtual Switching

  • Lesson 1: ACI Provides Automated Integration for all workloads
  • Lesson 2: VMWare Integration 5.1, 5.5, 6.x, vCenter Plugin and vRealize
  • Lesson 3: Microsoft Interaction with ACI
  • Lesson 4: Openstack and OVS Integration with ACI

Module 11: Application Virtual Switch

  • Lesson 1: Hypervisor Integration with ACI APIC
  • Lesson 2: VMWare Integration
  • Lesson 3: ACI Hypervisor Integration – VMware DVS/vShield
  • Lesson 4: Application Virtual Switch with OpFlex in ACI Fabri
  • Lesson 5: Extending ACI to Existing Virtual & Physical Networks
  • Lesson 6: Remote VTEP (Virtual) via AVS
  • Lesson 7: Hypervisors vs. Linux Containers
  • Lesson 8:Docker and ACI

Module 12: FabricPath to ACI Migration

  • Lesson 1: Advantages to Adopting ACI over FabricPath
  • Lesson 2: Initial Design Considerations
  • Lesson 3: Migration Strategy
  • Lesson 4: Infrastructure Deployment Considerations
  • Lesson 5: Migration Scenario 1
  • Lesson 6: Migration Scenario 2

Labs

  • Lab 1: Nexus 9000 - Standalone to ACI Conversion and back
  • Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Lab 3: Migrating to AVS – Install an AVS
  • Lab 4: Client Scenario A - build a migration strategy
  • Lab 5: Client Scenario B - build a migration strategy
  • Lab 6: Configure Communication to an existing Layer 3 Network
  • Lab 7: Configure Communication to an existing Layer 2 Network
  • Lab 8: Create EPGs and BDs corresponding to VLANs in the existing infrastructure
  • Lab 9: Enable flooding on ACI BDs during the migration
  • Lab 10: Endpoint Migration and verification
  • Lab 11: Bridge Domain Configuration and Gateway Migration
  • Lab 12: Application Network Profiler (ANP) Tool
  • Lab 13: Create EPGs and BDs based on the ANP tool
  • Lab 14: 3rd party Tools - Citrix NetScaler ACI Migration Tool