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ACI Operations and Troubleshooting (ACIOPS)

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Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco ACI Component Review

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Architecture and Network Review
    • ACI and APIC Review
    • Tenant, Management Tenant and Context Review
    • VLAN and VRF Review
    • Bridge Domain Review
    • Application Profile Review
    • End Point Group Review
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Policy Review
    • ACI Contract Review
    • ACI Filter Review
    • ACI Subject Review
  • Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Unified Fabric Review
    • Cisco ACI Server Connectivity Review
    • Cisco ACI Network Connectivity Review
    • Cisco ACI Switch Review
    • Cisco ACI Routing Review
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI External Connectivity Review
    • Layer 2 External Switching Review
    • Layer 3 External Routing Protocol Review
  • Lesson 5: Customer Setup Review
    • Scaling Cisco ACI
    • Migration Paths to Cisco ACI
  • Module 1 Lab Exercises
    • Lab 0 – Lab Topology and Access
    • Lab 1 - Reviewing the Cisco ACI Environment
    • Lab 2 – Tenant and Context
    • Lab 3 - VLAN and VRFs
    • Lab 4 – Bridge Domains
    • Lab 5 – Application Profiles
    • Lab 6 - End Point Groups
    • Lab 7 – External Bridged Networks
    • Lab 8 – External Routed Networks
    • Lab 9 – Physical and VMM Domains

Module 2: Cisco ACI Operations

  • Lesson 1: The Cisco ACI Control Plane and Packet Flow
    • Determine ACI Packet Flow
    • Single DB/Single EPG with Two Endpoints on the Same Leaf
    • Single BD/Single EPG with Two Endpoints on Different Leafs
    • Single BD/Two EPGs with One Endpoint in EPG on the Same Leaf
    • Two BDs/Two EPGs with One Endpoint in Each EPG on the Same Leaf (Routed Packet)
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Router Baseline
    • Route Profiles Overview
    • Configurating a Route-Profile
    • Applying a ‘Default’ Route-Profile
    • Applying a Route-Profile at the Bridge Domain
    • Applying a Route-Profile at the Bridge Domain Subnet
    • Applying a Route-Profile at the External EPG and External EPG Subnet
    • Applying a Route-Profile at the L3out as an Interleak Policy
  • Lesson 3: Configure and Verify Changes in the Network
    • Configure and Verify Interface Profiles
    • Configure and Verify Static EPGs
    • Verify Interfaces and Encapsulation
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Logging and DHCP Relay
    • Logging data and data retention
    • Activity and audit logs
    • DHCP Relay service
    • Infra/Tenant
    • L3 Out
    • L2 Out
  • Module 2 Lab Exercises
    • Lab 10 – ACI Packet Flows
    • Lab 11 - Verify Routing Information

Module 3: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Atomic Counters and Network Time Protocol
    • Cisco ACI Endpoint Tracker Application
    • End to End Testing
    • Endpoint to Endpoint Testing
    • Endpoint Group to Endpoint Group Testing
    • Discovering Paths and Testing Connectivity with Traceroute
  • Lesson 2: On-Demand Diagnostics and Statistics
    • Gathering On-Demand Collection and Statistics
    • Cisco Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
    • Access SPAN (or infrastructure SPAN)
    • Fabric SPAN
    • Tenant SPAN
    • ACI Monitoring and Diagnostics
    • Fabric Troubleshooting Diagnostics
  • Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus Data Broker Integration with ACI
    • The Cisco Nexus Data Broker
    • Test Access Points (TAPs)
    • Configure SPAN Sessions
    • Synchronize SPAN Sessions
    • Data Broker Use Case
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Methodology and Scenarios
    • Techsupport Files
    • Atomic Counters
    • Faults and Health Scores
    • Troubleshooting Scenarios
    • Troubleshoot Fabric Initialization
    • Troubleshoot APIC High Availability and Clustering
    • Troubleshoot Firmware and Image Management
    • Troubleshoot Rest Interface
    • Troubleshoot Management Tenant
    • Troubleshoot Common Network Services
    • Troubleshoot Unicast Data Plane Forwarding and Reachability
    • Troubleshoot Policies and Contracts
    • Troubleshoot Bridged Connectivity to External Networks
    • Troubleshoot Routed Connectivity to External Networks
    • Troubleshoot Virtual Machine Manager Insertion
      • Troubleshoot Layer 4 Through 7 Services Insertion
      • Troubleshoot ACI Fabric Node Process Crash Troubleshooting
      • Troubleshoot an APIC Process Crash
      • Troubleshoot Spanning Tree Loops​
  • Module 3 Lab Exercises
    • Lab 12 – ACI Monitoring Tool
    • Lab 13 – Using Statistics
    • Lab 14 – Configure Syslog Monitoring
    • Lab 15 – Configure ERSPAN
    • Lab 16 – Create and Test an EPG-to-EPG Atomic Counter
    • Lab 17 – Using the Moquery Command
    • Lab 18 – Configure and Verify Contracts
    • Lab 19 – Examine and Enhance Fabric Access Policies

Module 4: Cisco ACI Automation

  • Lesson 1: The REST API
    • The REST API Structure
    • The Six Constraints of REST
    • REST Client–Server Constraint
    • REST Stateless Constraint
    • REST Cacheable Constraint
    • REST Layered Constraint
    • REST Code-On-Demand Constraint
    • REST Uniform Interface Constraint
  • Lesson 2: JSON and XML
    • JSON API Characteristics
    • XML API Characteristics
    • JSON and XML Advantages, Similarities, and Differences
  • Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Data Model
    • The Cisco ACI Programmable Network Infrastructure
    • The APIC Data Model
    • The APIC Policy Model
    • The Cisco ACI Object-Oriented Data Model
  • Module 4 Lab Exercise
    • Lab 21 – Configure the APIC Using the REST API

Module 5: Cisco ACI Backups, Snapshots, Rollbacks and Upgrades

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Backups, Snapshots and Rollbacks
    • Backing up Configurations
    • Snapshots
    • Rollbacks
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Upgrades
    • Firmware Repository
    • Software Image
    • Switch Image
    • Catalog Image
  • Module 5 Lab Exercises
    • Lab 22 - Backups and Snapshots
    • Lab 23 - Create and Use Configuration Backups

Appendix (Optional Labs)

  • Lab 23 – Explore Spanning Tree Protocol and Loop Prevention
  • Lab 24 – APIC Cluster Operations and Troubleshooting
  • Lab 25 – Nexus Spine and Leaf Switch Operations
  • Lab 26 – Upgrade APIC and Switch Firmware
 

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