Back Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)


Course Description

Note: DCAC9K is Firefly's version of Cisco's DCVAI. DCAC9K delivers the same content as DCVAI  with the added benefit that the focus is on real-world operations of ACI and the labs and courseware are the most up-to-date and in sync with the latest Cisco software and hardware.

Equip your customers with the most up-to-date knowledge and the confidence they need to manage and implement Cisco Nexus 9000 switches in ACI mode—the off-the-shelf course material plus additional topics in just four days.

This course is designed for customers, systems engineers, and field engineers who are implementing and managing Cisco ACI. We will cover the key concepts behind ACI’s application-centric, policy-based view of infrastructure. You will learn how to configure ACI tenants, application profiles, contracts, and endpoints, how to connect the ACI Fabric to external networks and services, and how to configure hypervisor integration and L4-7 services. You will also learn strategies for migrating existing applications to an ACI fabric, and for automating and integrating configuration processes via scripting and APIs.

The course features extensive hands-on labs that begin with ACI fabric discovery and include deployment of application profiles, hypervisor integration, service graphs, external network connectivity, and a brief exploration of the APIC REST API.

PLEASE NOTE: In this Firefly delivery of the DCAC9K, the standard course materials are supplemented with the very latest product developments delivered by Cisco for the APIC 2.2 (1n)  release including the following:

  • Cisco Multi-Pod ACI
  • FCoE NPV
  • Cisco vCenter ACI Plug-in 
  • vRealize Integration
  • Policy-Based Redirect
  • L3 extension with MP-BGP EVPN
  • Service Graph Copy Service
  • The latest 100G capable 9000 Series switching platforms and Fabric Modules
  • EPG Microsegmentation


Good understanding of networking protocols
Recommended: CCNA Certification

Good understanding of the VMware environment
Recommended: attendance of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage class or equivalent knowledge.


Who Should Attend

Primary Audience: Network, data center cloud systems architects, as well as server administrators. Secondary Audience: Application developers and Security engineers as well as virtualization administrators.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an Overview of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution
  • Describe the ACI Fabric
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware for ACI
  • Provide an overview of the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Review Layer 4 through Layer 7 Services
  • Provide an overview of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure solution
  • Demonstrate the programmability and describe the orchestration features available on ACI
  • Provide an overview of how to connect ACI to outside networks
  • Provide an overview of how to implement ACI management
  • Describe common topology options for integrating ACI with existing data centers


Related Training

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

Course Info

Length: 4 day
Format: Lecture and Lab
Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite
Max. Capacity: 16

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DCAC9K Data Sheet 20190109.pdf