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ACIOPS: ACI Operations and Troubleshooting

ACIOPS: ACI Operations and Troubleshooting

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ACIOPS: ACI Operations and Troubleshooting

The Cisco ACI Operations and Troubleshooting (ACIOPS v3.1) is five-day course that covers the basic concepts of the graphical user interface (GUI) setup of the fabric. The focus is on building Tenants, VRF's, Bridge Domains, EPG's and Contracts based on a practical design. The physical, VMM, L2 and L3 Domains and a good understanding of the flow of the GUI is paramount in applying this knowledge in automation. The programmability of Cisco ACI is also reviewed in this course, specifically the REST and JSON APIs, and the APIC Object-Based Tree and dMIT queries. This course also includes some advanced operational features such as, firmware upgrades, performing backups, snapshots, and rollbacks. We will also examine how to use fault health checks and other ACI troubleshooting tools.


  • CCNP DataCenter (or higher) knowledge and/or experience
  • Attendance of DCAC9K

What's Included

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

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Review Cisco ACI solution design
  • Know how to administrate and troubleshoot advanced Cisco ACI operations
  • Create templates to aide in the deployment and operation of the secure extensible network
  • Understand the Cisco ACI network programmability
  • Understand the Cisco ACI redundancy and upgrade features

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco ACI Component Review

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Architecture and Network Review
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Policy Review
  • Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Unified Fabric Review
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI External Connectivity Review
  • Lesson 5: Customer Setup Review

Module 2: Cisco ACI Operations

  • Lesson 1: The Cisco ACI Control Plane and Packet Flow
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Router Baseline
  • Lesson 3: Configure and Verify Changes in the Network
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Logging and DHCP Relay

Module 3: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 2: On-Demand Diagnostics and Statistics
  • Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus Data Broker Integration with ACI
  • Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Methodology and Scenarios

Module 4: Cisco ACI Automation

  • Lesson 1: The REST API/li>
  • Lesson 2: JSON and XML
  • Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Data Model

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

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Backups, Snapshots and Rollbacks
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Upgrades


  • 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
  • Lab 10 – ACI Packet Flows
  • Lab 11 - Verify Routing Information​
  • 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
  • Lab 20 – Configure the APIC Using the REST API
  • Lab 21 - Backups and Snapshots
  • Lab 22 - Create and Use Configuration Backups
  • Lab 23 – Instructor Led Break / Fix Lab
  • Lab 24 – (Optional Lab) Explore Spanning Tree Protocol and Loop Prevention
  • Lab 25 – (Optional Lab) APIC Cluster Operations and Troubleshooting
  • Lab 26 – (Optional Lab) Nexus Spine and Leaf Switch Operations
  • Lab 27 – (Optional Lab) Upgrade APIC and Switch Firmware

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