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Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation v6.0


Course Description


Overview

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to build your skills to implement and deploy the automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. The course provides rich, hands-on experience in building a data center solution based on Cisco ACI. You are introduced to the automation capabilities offered by Python and RESTful APIs in combination with Cisco ACI and Cisco Nexus switches.  

Audience

  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Data Center Administrator
  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • Senior Technical Solutions Architect
 

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for this course are:
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)
 

Key topics

Module 1: Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation
  • Virtualization technologies
  • Virtual device contexts (VDC)
    • Default
    • Interfaces
    • Ethernet and storage
    • Configuration and administration rules
    • Creating
    • Navigation
    • Verification
    • Allocating resources
    • Manage configurations
  • Layer 3 virtualization -VRF
  • Management and default VRFs
  • VRF configurations
  • Nexus 1000 virtual switch configurations
  • Application virtual switch (AVS)
Module 2: NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Programmability options
  • PowerOn auto provisioning (POAP)
  • POAP process
  • Python in NX-OS
  • Ansible operation
  • Implementing configuration profiles
  • Command line interface (CLI)
  • Fabric management network
  • DFA architecture
  • DFA auto-configuration
  • Cisco Fabric services
  • vPC configuration
  • Embedded event manager (EEM)
    • Configuration
    • EEM action
  • Scheduler overview and components
  • Cisco onePK
    • Application
    • Support
    • Sessions
Module 3: Application-Centric Infrastructure
  • ACI overview
  • APIC cluster configuration
  • ACI fabric discovery
  • APIC cluster discovery process
  • VXLAN
  • Management
    • Out-of-band
    • In-band
    • ACI interfaces
  • ACI polices and profiles
  • Interface protocol policies
    • LLDP
    • CDP
    • LACP
    • Link-level
  • Access entity profiles (AEP)
Module 4: ACI Constructs
  • Tenant-based policies
  • Bridge domains
  • Endpoint groups
  • EPGs
  • Bare-metal host
  • Virtual machine mangers (VMM)
  • VMware vSphere Distributed switch (VDS)
  • Hypervisor normalization
  • VMM domains
  • VDS and ACI interworking process
  • ACI contracts
    • Structure
    • Provider-consumer model
    • Details
    • Subjects
    • Filters
    • Subject labels
    • Taboos
Module 5: Application-Centric Infrastructure Monitoring and Programmability
  • SNMP support in ACI
    • Configuration
    • Policy
    • Destination monitoring
  • NTP
  • Atomic counters
  • User accounts
  • RADIUS
  • Remote user
  • RBAC rules
  • Custom role
  • ACI programmability
  • REST
  • REST APIs
  • dMIT queries
  • XML
  • JSON
  • ACI cobra SDK (Python)
  • APIC REST to Python Adapter (Arya)
  • UCS director
  • OpenStack orchestration
Module 6: Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
  • Inter-tenant communication
  • Inter-tenant contracts
  • Subnet scope
  • Ethernet port channel
  • Port channel load balancing
  • vPC
    • Traditional
    • ACI fabric
    • Unicast traffic forwarding
    • ACI FEX topologies
    • Configuration procedure
    • Verification
  • Cisco AVS
    • Characteristics
    • Distributed firewall
    • Microsegmentation
    • Installation
    • Configuration
    • Verification
Module 7: Application-Centric Infrastructure Networking
  • Unicast packet flow
  • Multicast packet flow
  • Broadcast handling
  • Endpoint database
  • ACI external connections
  • External routed networks
  • Layer 2
    • Connections
    • Configuration
  • Service insertion
  • Device packages
  • Service graphs
  • Function profiles
The Labs are:
  • Lab 1: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Lab 2: Discover and Initialize the ACI Fabric
  • Lab 3: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Lab 4: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for VMs
  • Lab 5: Implement Application Policies
  • Lab 6: Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
  • Lab 7: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Lab 8: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
  • Lab 9: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
  • Lab 10: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Lab 11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Lab 12: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Lab 13: Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 14: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW
 

Objectives

After the completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Implement infrastructure virtualization solutions, such as VDC, VRFs, Cisco Nexus 1000v, and Cisco AVS
  • Identify programmability methods and program Cisco Nexus switches using XML, Python, and NX-API
  • Implement a Cisco ACI solution that provides fabric connectivity to bare-metal hosts, virtual machines, and external Layer 2 and Layer 3 domains
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with virtual machine managers, such as VMware vCenter
  • Enforce application policies in intra- and intertenant scenarios
  • Deploy Cisco AVS and microsegmentation
  • Program Cisco ACI using Python, RESTful APIs, and Arya
  • Orchestrate Cisco ACI using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Insert L4-L7 services into the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Monitor Cisco ACI deployment using atomic counters and other monitoring tools

Course Duration

5 Days
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