DCACIF Training

DCACIF (Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals) is a 5-day Instructor-led training course that is designed for systems & field engineers who install & implement the Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode using the updated 2.0(x) version & updated Cisco Nexus 9000 hardware platform. The course covers the key components & procedures you need to know to understand, configure, manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode utilizing the updated 2.0(x) version, & how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks & services.

Cisco ACI Release 2.0(x) offers many new features. The main new features introduced with the 2.0 version are:

  • ACI vCenter Plugin for VMware vSphere Web Client
  • AVS Health Status
  • Contact Permit Logging
  • COOP Authentication
  • Digital Optical Monitoring
  • Layer 3 Multicast Support
  • Added OSPF Inbound Route Controls
  • Policy-Based Redirect for Provisions Service Appliances
  • EPG Deployment Through AEP
  • FCoE N-Port Virtualization Support
  • Layer 3 EVPN Services Over WAN Fabric
  • Port-Security
  • Support for Multiple vCenters per Fabric

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What's Included

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


  • Learners should be familiar with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Learners should understand Cisco data center architecture.
  • Learners should be familiar with virtualization.
  • Learners should understand networking protocols, routing and switching
  • Learners are recommended to have the CCNA Certification.
  • Learners are recommended to have attended the Cisco IP Routing Class (ROUTE).
  • Learners are recommended to have attended the Cisco Switching Class (SWITCH).

During the course of instruction, the learner will be exposed to the configuration of advanced technologies, such as BGP, OSPF and IS-IS. The learner will not be required to have experience with these technologies in order successfully complete the class.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI
  • Describe the ACI fabric
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9300-EX Series Switch hardware
  • Configure the ACI controller (APIC)
  • Understand the Cisco Cloud Based APIC
  • Describe VXLAN Bridging, Gateway and Routing
  • Configure VDS and ADS microsegmentation
  • Configure ACI L4L7 service integration
  • Integrate the APIC hypervisor
  • Understand the programmability & orchestration of the ACI network
  • Discuss ACI connectivity to outside networks
  • Implement ACI management

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco ACI Overview

  • Lesson 1: What problems are we trying to fix?
  • Lesson 2: Hardware Overview
  • Lesson 3: Software Overview
  • Lesson 4: Fabric Transport

Module 2: Cisco ACI - Configuring Basic Constructs

  • Lesson 1: GUI & CLI Overview
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Tenants & Contracts

Module 3: Cisco ACI External Connectivity, Management, & Migration

  • Lesson 1: Policy Coordination with VM Managers
  • Lesson 2: Hypervisors & Bare Metal
  • Lesson 3: Vmm Domains
  • Lesson 4: Microsegmentation in the New Data Center

Module 4: Cisco ACI - Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks

  • Lesson 1: Overview of External Connectivity
  • Lesson 2: Layer 3 Outside Connectivity & Configuration

Module 5: Cisco ACI - L4-L7 Services

  • Lesson 1: Service Insertion Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Configuring L4-L7 Devices

Module 6: Cisco ACI - Administration & Troubleshooting Tools

  • Lesson 1: Administration & Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting, Faults & Monitoring

Module 7: Cisco ACI - Demonstrating ACI Network Programmability & Orchestration

  • Lesson 1: Need for Programming
  • Lesson 2: JSON & XML
  • Lesson 3: Programmability with REST API
  • Lesson 4: Orchestration

Module 8: Cisco ACI - Practical Review

  • Lesson 1: Attaching Appliances to the Fabric
  • Lesson 2: Policy & Application Mapping


All lab exercises included in this training course will utilize Cisco ACI Release 2.0(x) version. The lab does not necessarily show all new feature uses.

  • Lab 0: Accessing the Remote Lab Environment
  • Lab 1: Initiate ACI Fabric Discovery
  • Lab 2: Configuring the OOB Management Address for the Fabric Switches
  • Lab 3: Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Lab 4: Configure Policy Filters & Contracts
  • Lab 5: Deploy a Three-Tier Application Profile
  • Lab 6: Building a Physical Domain
  • Lab 7: Register a VMM Domain with ACI
  • Lab 8: Configure VMware ESXi Hosts to Use the APIC-Initiated DVS
  • Lab 9: Associate an EPG to a VMware vCenter Domain
  • Lab 10: Associate a VM to an EPG Port Group
  • Lab 11: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Lab 12: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 3 Network
  • Lab 13: Configure APIC to Communicate to an External Layer 2 Network
  • Lab 14: Deploy a Service Graph with Application Profile
  • Lab 15: Configure APIC Using the REST API
  • Lab 16: Configure APIC RBAC for Local and Remote Users
  • Lab 17: Monitor and Troubleshoot ACI
  • Lab 18: Monitor & Troubleshoot ACI