DCACIA: Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Advanced

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure–Advanced (DCACIA) course shows you how to integrate the capabilities of the Cisco® Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) mode. You will learn how to configure and manage Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI mode providing enhanced management and policy framework, along with the protocols used in the underlying fabric. The course also covers how to use Cisco ACI as a policy-driven solution that integrates software and hardware, and how to implement Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator (NDO) 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® Nexus Dashboard 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:

CCNA: Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions

DCACI - Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Course objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain Cisco ACI advanced fabric packet forwarding
  • Explain advanced ACI policy and tenant configuration
  • Demonstrate Cisco ACI Multi-Pod deployment
  • Explain the details and consideration of implementing and integrating traditional network with Cisco ACI
  • Describe Cisco ACI Service Graph Policy-Based Redirect (PBR)
  • Describe Cisco ACI Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator deployment

Course outline

Cisco ACI Advanced Packet Forwarding

Packet Forwarding Between Leaf Switches
Endpoint Learning

Using Advanced Cisco ACI Policy and Tenant Configuration

Layer 3 Outside Transit Routing
Using Tenant Common for Shared Services

Implementing Traditional Network in Cisco ACI

Integrating Switched Network with Cisco ACI
Migrating Existing Switched Network to Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI Service Graph PBR

Service Graph PBR Overview
PBR End-to-End Packet Flow

Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Deployment

Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Overview
Inter-Pod Network Overview

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Deployment

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Overview
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator


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 Nexus Dashboard 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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