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CCNP Data Center DCACI – Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Course

Cisco CCNP Datacenter Course

The Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) course covers essential concepts and technologies for implementing and managing modern data center networks. It introduces the ACI fabric, its components, and how it connects to external networks. Key topics include virtual routing and forwarding, bridge domains, endpoint groups, application profiles, and integration with virtual machine managers like VMware vCenter. Students will also learn about Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, service graphs, and various management features such as syslog, SNMP, and role-based access control. This course is helpful for those seeking the Implementing Cisco ACI (DCACI) certification, which validates their expertise in this field.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of the Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) Course are:

  1. Describe Cisco ACI Fabric Infrastructure and basic Cisco ACI concepts
  2. Describe Cisco ACI policy model logical constructs
  3. Describe Cisco ACI basic packet forwarding
  4. Describe external network connectivity
  5. Describe VMM Integration
  6. Describe Layer 4 to Layer 7 integrations
  7. Explain Cisco ACI management features

Upon completion of the course, individuals should be able to take Exam 300-620 DCACI to achieve a CCNP Data Center Certification.

Course Certification

This course helps you prepare to take the:
CCNP Data Center Certification Exam 300-620 DCACI

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

  • What Is Cisco ACI?
  • Cisco ACI Topology and Hardware
  • Cisco ACI Object Model
  • Faults, Event Record, and Audit Log
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Discovery

Module 2: Fabric Configuration

  • Validate Fabric Discovery
  • Configure NTP

Module 3: Cisco ACI Access Policies

  • Create Access Policies and vPC

Module 4: Describing Cisco ACI Policy Model Logical Constructs

  • Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
  • Tenant, Virtual Routing and Forwarding, Bridge Domain, Endpoint Group, Application Profile
  • Tenant Components Review

Module 5: Adding Bare-Metal Servers to Endpoint Groups

  • Enable Layer Connectivity in the Same EPG
  • Contracts
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer Connectivity

Module 6: Describing Cisco ACI Basic Packet Forwarding

  • Endpoint Learning
  • Basic Bridge Domain Configuration Knob
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer Connectivity
  • Compare Traffic Forwarding Methods in a Bridge Domain

Module 7: Introducing External Network Connectivity

  • Cisco ACI External Connectivity Options
  • External Layer Network Connectivity
  • Configure External Layer Connection
  • External Layer Network Connectivity
  • Configure External Layer (LOut) Connection

Module 8: Introducing VMM Integration

  • VMware vCenter VDS Integration
  • Resolution Immediacy in VMM
  • Alternative VMM Integrations
  • Integrate APIC With VMware vCenter Using VMware VDS

Module 9: Describing Layer to Layer Integrations

  • Service Appliance Insertion Without ACI L-L Service Graph
  • Service Appliance Insertion via ACI L-L Service Graph
  • Service Graph Configuration Workflow
  • Service Graph PBR Introduction

Module 10: Explaining Cisco ACI Management

  • Out-of-Band Management
  • In-Band Management
  • Syslog
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Configuration Backup
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Cisco ACI Upgrade
  • Collect Tech Support

Lab outline

  • Validate Fabric Discovery
  • Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Create Access Policies and Virtual Port Channel (vPC)
  • Enable Layer 2 Connectivity in the Same Endpoint Group (EPG)
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 2 Connectivity
  • Enable Inter-EPG Layer 3 Connectivity
  • Compare Traffic Forwarding Methods in a Bridge Domain
  • Configure External Layer 2 (L2Out) Connection
  • Configure External Layer 3 (L3Out) Connection
  • Integrate Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) With VMware vCenter
  • Using VMware Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)

Course Mode

Instructor-Led Remote Live Classroom Training;


Trainers are Cisco Official Instructors and certified in other IT technologies, with years of hands-on experience in the industry and in Training.

Lab Topology

For all types of delivery, the Trainee can access real Cisco equipment and systems in our laboratories or directly at the Cisco data centers remotely 24 hours a day. Each participant has access to implement the various configurations thus having a practical and immediate feedback of the theoretical concepts.
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CCNP Data Center DCACI – Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Course Details

Course Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching
  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture
  • Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals

The following Cisco courses may help you meet these prerequisites:

Course Duration

5 days

Course Frequency

Course Duration: 5 days (9.00 to 17.00) - Ask for other types of attendance.

Course Date

CCNP Data Center DCACI
On request

Steps to Enroll

Registration takes place by asking to be contacted from the following link, or by contacting the office at the international number +355 45 301 313 or by sending a request to the email