ACI Field Engineer Implementation


Live Virtual

This four-day ILT course is designed to take Field Engineers and System Architects with no ACI-specific experience and prepare them to design and build an ACI fabric. Students will learn what they need to know to take Cisco switches from the loading dock and build an operational, functioning ACI fabric that includes servers, virtual machines, external networks and service devices.


Specific topics addressed in this course are ACI configuration and basic operations, including rack-and-stack initial installation, application profile configuration, ACI under-the-hood, VMware & other hypervisor integration, external connectivity, layer 4-7 service device integration, operations and troubleshooting. There are detailed labs for each step of the course.

The curriculum is delivered as Just-In-Time learning, designed to provide Engineers just what they need to know, just when they need to know it. Students are not given training that they are not able to apply immediately. With this production-focused training, the student will be ready for the technical requirements of today. With the included library of curated references, the student is also poised to meet the requirements of the future.

The course provides insight from subject matter experts and over 100 production installations. These subject matter experts have insight because they’ve been in the students’ shoes. 



Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with:

  • Understand ACI architecture and concepts needed to get an ACI fabric into production
  • Describe the hardware that makes up ACI
  • Install and bring up an ACI Fabric
  • Configure foundational Access Policies
  • Configure Application Profiles
  • Describe ACI fabric operations
  • Integrate VMware and other hypervisors with ACI
  • Configure Layer 2 and 3 outside connectivity to the ACI Fabric
  • Integrate Layer 4-7 service devices with ACI
  • Provide fundamental Day 2 fabric support
  • Quickly find information on more advanced or detailed ACI features
  • Familiarize themselves with the whole of ACI to formulate any next steps in their ACI training needs to support their company’s business goals


Target Audience

This course is for Engineers and Solution Architects who need to quickly learn how to design and implement more complex ACI fabrics. This can be customer engineers who support a production fabric with multiple hypervisor vendors, Partner engineers who need to design and build a customer fabric with firewalls and load balancers, or any engineer who needs comprehensive, hands-on, production-focused ACI training.



4 Days


Interactive Instructor Led Training

Course Type

Lecture + Hands-on Lab
Live onsite (register below)
Live online (register via

Course Outline

Module 0   Agenda / Intro / Logistics

Module 1   ACI Overview

  • SDN/Overlay Networking Primer
  • Cisco ACI Overview and Terminology
  • Logical Model Overview
  • Concrete Model Overview

Module 2   ACI Fabric Switches

  • Nexus 9000 Overview
  • Nexus 9000 Models
  • Hardware Installation

Module 3   APIC Overview

  • APIC Introduction
  • APIC Overview
  • APIC Installation

Lab 1a       ACI Fabric Discovery

Module 4   Initial Fabric Configuration

  • ACI Initial Configuration Overview
  • OOB Configuration
  • Network Time Protocol
  • Access Policies
  • External-facing Interface Configuration
  • ACI Pools
  • ACI Domains
  • Attachable Access Entity Profile (AAEP)
  • VPC Configuration in ACI Fabric
  • Simplified Interface & Policy Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Access Policy

Lab 1b       Fabric Policy Configuration

Lab 2         Configuring ACI Policies and Pools

Module 5   ACI Connectivity Policies

  • ACI Logical Model
  • Tenant
  • VRF
  • Bridge Domain
  • Subnet
  • End Points Groups (EPG)
  • Microsegmentation
  • Application Profiles (AP) and Contracts
  • ACI Quality of Service

Lab 3         Configuring ACI Forwarding Constructs

Module 6   Application Modeling and Deployment

  • Designing an AP
  • Lab: AP
  • RESTful API Review
  • Lab: Using Postman
  • Learning Network Programmability
  • ACI Toolkit

Lab 4         Configuring Application Profiles via GUI

Lab 5         Configuring Application Profiles via Python/Postman

Module 7   Fabric Operation and Forwarding

  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Basics
  • ACI Fabric Fundamentals
  • Fabric Forwarding
  • Endpoint Learning & Lookup
  • Fabric Innovations

Module 8   Hypervisor Integration

  • Virtualization Primer
  • ACI Hypervisor Integration Overview
  • ACI Hypervisor Integration with VMware
  • Integration with VMware VDS
  • ACI VMware Configuration
  • ACI Integration with Microsoft
  • ACI Integration with OpenStack
  • OpFlex
  • Application Virtual Switch
  • Design Considerations
  • Virtualization Integration Summary

Lab 6         Configuring VMM Integration with VMware DVS

Module 9   Connecting to Existing L2 Infrastructure

  • L2 Extension Overview
  • Option A: Extend EPG
  • Option B: Extend BD
  • Design Considerations

Lab 7         Configuring External Layer 2 Connection

Module 10 Connecting to Existing L3 Infrastructure

  • L3 Integration Overview
  • L3 Integration & Configuration
  • Shared L3Out
  • Multi-Site ACI

Lab 8         Configuring External Layer 3 Connection

Module 11 Integrating L4-7 Services with ACI

  • Service Graphs
  • Device Packages
  • Service Insertion Overview
  • L4-7 Services Configuration
  • Unmanaged Mode
  • Network Services Placement

Lab 9         Configuring Layer 4-7 Services

Module 12 Operating ACI

  • APIC Management Access
  • Naming Conventions
  • Operations Tools
  • Firmware Upgrades
  • Backing Up

Lab 10       Configuration Export

Module 13 Troubleshooting ACI

  • APIC Troubleshooting
  • APIC Troubleshooting Tools
  • Health Scores
  • Troubleshooting Wizard
  • Statistics
  • Atomic Counters
  • Digital Optical Monitoring
  • SNMP
  • Switchport Analyzer (SPAN)
  • Syslog
  • Traceroute
  • Visore – The APIC Object Store Browser
  • Troubleshooting via the CLI
  • Removing Unwanted _ui_ Objects
  • Fabric Recovery
  • ACI Backup

Lab 11       Troubleshooting

Module 14   ACI Integration with Existing DC Networks

  • DC Architecture Review
  • ACI Insertion Options
  • ACI Services Block Strategy

Module 99   ACI FE Implementation Review

Class Feedback

  • The instructor did an excellent job with the course material, pacing, and gauging students for comprehension and understanding.

    The presenter had a good detailed knowledge around ACI and could reference several deployment, and was able to express his experience as well as go off track to reference the wider ecosystem

  • The instructor was excellent  - his knowledge was superb and he has been a very good mentor throughout the course and definitely went the extra mile. 


    I have been in the industry for 25 years now and been fortunate enough to be in the company of some very smart people and have received some very good training from various disciplines including Cisco ...  I found my instructor's first class, hugely knowledgeable, very good teacher/instructor, experienced with ACI.

  • Instructor was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of taking a class from.

    The instructor is really good at articulating points through drawing up scenarios and walking through steps.

  • The presentation and delivery was excellent. It was very technical but offset with the right amount of humor and first hand experiences.

    The labs were excellent.  They really helped to solidify the technology in my mind.

  • Course content and delivery were excellent.  Focus on technical details was excellent and very little marketing.

    I went into this training with very little knowledge of ACI other than marketing terms. I left with a solid understanding of where it is today, and potentially where it is headed.

  • The instructor had an amazing level of knowledge and confidence to deliver the material.  I would love to see him in other classes I may take in the future.

    Best training experience by far, “A” rating end to end from the material, the way it was delivered, the trainer was amazing, a true expert and professional.

Upcoming Classes

Date Location Class Type Available Seats Price Cisco Learning Credits Register
April 1-4, 2019 Atlanta, GA Live, Virtual 6 $4,200.00 42
July 8-11, 2019 Atlanta, GA Live, Virtual 13 $4,200.00 42
October 7-10, 2019 Atlanta, GA Live, Virtual 13 $4,200.00 42