DCACIA: Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Advanced

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure–Advanced (DCACIA) course shows you how to implement and use the advanced features of the Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) mode. The course gives you the knowledge and skills to understand, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode, how to implement traditional networks in Cisco ACI, and how to implement Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and Multi-Site deployments. You will gain hands-on practice implementing advanced ACI capabilities such as Rogue Endpoint Feature, Transit Routing, VRF Route Leaking, Contracts and Zoning Rules, Policy Based Redirect to Layer 4–7 Service Node, Multi-Pod Fabric and Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator.

This course is delivered by Cisco Advanced Services.


Engineers looking to learn advanced ACI skills for implementation on the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch running in ACI Mode.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of Cisco ACI
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture
  • Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals

Recommended prerequisites:

DCACI - Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Course outline

Cisco ACI Advanced Packet Forwarding

Packet Forwarding Between Leaf Switches
Endpoint Learning
Network Interface Card (NIC) Teaming to ACI Fabric
Endpoint Learning Optimizations
Endpoint Loop Protection
Rogue Endpoint Control

Using Advanced Cisco ACI Policy and Tenant Configuration

Layer 3 Outside Transit Routing
Using Tenant Common for Shared Services
Using Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) Route Leaking for Shared Services
Using Layer 3 Outside configuration policy (L3Out) VRF Route Leaking for Shared Services
Detailed Contract Architecture with pcTag
Contract with vzAny
Contract Preferred Group

Implementing Traditional Network in Cisco ACI

Integrating Switched Network with Cisco ACI
Migrating Existing Switched Network to Cisco ACI
Network- vs. Application-Centric Deployment Models

Cisco ACI Service Graph PBR

Service Graph PBR Overview
PBR End-to-End Packet Flow
Service Graph PBR Requirements and Topologies
Service Graph PBR Tracking Options

Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Deployment

Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Overview
Inter-Pod Network Overview
Multi-Pod Provisioning and Packet Flow Between Pods
Connectivity to External L3 Networks
Service Node Integration Considerations
Service Graph Considerations

Cisco ACI Multi-Site Deployment

Cisco ACI Multi-Site Overview
Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator
Inter-Site Network Overview
Tenant Configuration Deployment from Multi-Site Orchestrator (MSO)
Packet Flow Between Sites
Multi-Site Stretched Components
Multi-Site vs Multi-Pod Comparison


Examine Local and Remote Endpoint Learning
Verify Bounce Entries
Validate IP Learning
Mitigate IP and MAC Flapping with the Rogue Endpoint Feature
Enable Transit Routing
Implement VRF Route Leaking
Configure VRF Route Leaking with L3Out
Examine Contracts and Zoning Rules
Configure Policy-Based Redirect to Layer 4–7 Service Node
Deploy Multi-Pod Fabric
Provision Policies with Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator


This course is recommended preparation to help you pass exam 300-630 DCACIA: Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced

This exam is one of the concentrations for the Cisco CCNP Data Center Certification. Passing the exam will also provide the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certification.

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