Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced ACI Course
4.4 (92 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
707 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced ACI Course to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced ACI Course

Cisco ACI Training - Learn How to deploy ACI based Data Center Networks using this step by step - ACI Course
Best Seller
4.4 (92 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
707 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2017
Current price: $12 Original price: $25 Discount: 52% off
4 days left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to Udemy's top 2,000 courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What Will I Learn?
  • Prepare for the CCIE DC V2.0 ACI content, and CCNP Cloud Exam CLDACI 300-475
  • Be able to build and configure an ACI based DC infrastructure and configure APIC policies
  • Master ACI's controller GUI (APIC) configuration
  • Be able to deploy and configure an ACI Fabric and connect it to existing networks
  • Lead technical and business discussions around the benefits and details of ACI fabric
  • Be converstant at a deep technical level on ACI and its configuration
View Curriculum
  • Anyone with CCNP DC (or higher) knowledge and/or experience
  • For all other candidates, you need to attend "CCNA to ACI Fast Track Preparation Course", then Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - ACI - Explained (Highly recommended), then enroll to this course.

Add this:

This course covers the trickier points which could make the difference between pass/fail.


For a complete list of Cisco ACI mastery program courses, please view, 

CCNA to CISCO ACI Fast Track Preparation Course 

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - ACI - Explained


Last Updated Feb 14th, 2017

If you are studying for your CCIE DC v2.0, Cisco CCNP Cloud 300-475 exam, or want to master Cisco ACI for your career, this is the course to take.

This ACI training course, with 70+ Lectures and 10+ Hours of high quality ACI training videos , detailed content, with many quizzes and exercises to reinforce the understanding, is the long awaited Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Technical Deep Dive course.  Building on top of the success of Cisco ACI Introduction Course, with 6800+ students from 133 countries enrolled in my ACI introduction courses, and average all time rating of 4.65+ from 420+ reviewers, mostly 5 stars.

Cisco Owns 50-60% of the DC Switching marketshare worldwide, and Cisco has an SDN solution for Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure which is Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which means 5-6 out of each 10 DC or Cloud infrastructure project may turn out to be a Cisco ACI based one. 

This course is also an excellent preparation guide to the most recent CCNP Cloud professional level certificate from Cisco, namely the exam 300-475 CLDACI.

Learning ACI means you are going to be at the forefront of the professionals who work on DC and Cloud infrastructures, and will mean better opportunities, better pay, and more job security/satisfaction.

No matter where you stand in terms of experience/knowledge in the Networking and DC/Cloud infrastructure perspective, the ACI mastery program has a way to get you going right now to learn ACI. Please view the Promo video, and the free lectures for more information. Looking forward to seeing you in Class!

The IT and Networking domains are undergoing a dramatic change caused by the success of Cloud, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). These technologies/trends are completely changing the way Networks, Data Center (DC) and Cloud Infrastructures are approached for the design, build, and operations/troubleshooting. Learning Solutions based on these technologies trends is a Must for all IT and Networking professionals who plan to stay in these domains for a career, it is not an option anymore.

All the lectures are simplified to ensure very easy flow and better understanding of the covered topics.

One of the very first, if not "the first", publicly available, affordable, online, high quality, advanced ACI course.

Cisco ACI is the normal replacement for about 50-60% of the Data Center infrastructure globally, and with Cloud business and global revenues heating up, ACI skills will be highly valued by clients and vendors alike. Master ACI and Software Defined Networks (SDN) today with no delay.

This course is designed to teach you the skills you need to understand ACI fabric, its components , how they fit together, and how to configure it and deploy an ACI infrastructure.

It also teaches you how to use the Cisco ACI Application Programmable Infrastructure Controller (APIC) to configure the policy that gets rendered on the actual physical fabric switches and becomes the ACI Leaf and Spine switches' configurations.

The course teach you how to :

  • Configure Tenants, Contexts
  • Configure Bridge Domains (BDs) and Bridge Domain Pervasive SVI Gateways
  • Application Profile and End Point Groups (EPGs)
  • Contracts, Subjects, and Filters to control communication between EPGs
  • Map statically end points to an EPG
  • Configure L2 Bridge and Routed outside connections to connect ACI Fabric to connect to external L2 and L3 networks
  • Configure Routing Protocols (OSPF, BGP, EIGRP), and Static routing for ACI
  • Configure the ACI as a transit routing domain
  • Integrate ACI fabric with Virtualized Environments such as VMware vCenter and vShield
  • Integrate ACI fabric with Microsoft SCVMM
  • Add Service appliances and L4 to L7 services to ACI Fabric
  • Configure Service Graphes to enable the use of L4 to L7 services for ACI tenants and end points
  • Configure and advertise default routes out of the ACI fabric
  • and much more....

The course is a continuation for the ACI mastery program, that includes so far:

1) Career Planning guide  -> Guides you through the best Career Plan in IT Networks domain

2) CCNA to ACI Fast Track Preparation Course -> Fills gaps above CCNA required to allow you to start learning ACI today

3) ACI Introduction Course -> Introduces ACI and explain the reasons why it is needed, and a normal enhancement to cope with Cloud requirements

4) ACI Technical Deep Dive (this course) -> Dives deep into the technical details and configurations of ACI

and Planned are:

I) ACI Video, Step by Step, Configuration Guide -> Target for NOV 2016

II) ACI Design Guide   -> Target for December 2016

And, two more courses for operations, troubleshooting, and programmability are coming next year too!

A full high quality, easy to follow, clearly explained, affordable ACI Mastery Program as promised, By enrolling to this course, you get lifetime access to the course, so any future enhancements to this course are yours for free.


              If you are not happy after navigating the course (Although I am confident you will be extremely happy), no worries! 30 Days , Full Money Back GUARANTEE from Udemy, NO questions asked....

So what are you waiting for?

Join me in this exiting Journey today and make a leap forward in your path to becoming a Cisco ACI Subject Matter Expert!

Take Action and Enroll Now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Network Professionals preparing for CCIE DC v2.0 and those preparing for CCNP Cloud
  • DevOps and SysOps looking at automating Cisco-based Data Center and Cloud Infrastructures
  • Cloud Infrastructure Archtiects, Pre-Sales System Engineers, Field and Network Engineers and Specialists
  • Any network professional interested in Mastering Cisco ACI skills
Compare to Other Cisco ACI Courses
Curriculum For This Course
58 Lectures
ACI technical deep dive
58 Lectures 10:28:57

This lecture covers:

1) Welcoming students to the course

2) Course Objectives

3) Who should attend this course

Preview 03:49

Ensuring you do understand the pre-requisites of the ACI Technical deep dive course

Pre-Requisite and ACI mastery Program question
2 questions

This lecture describes why a new solution or approach at Data Center Infrastructure is required, starts with the description of classical (old way of doing) data center infrastructure architecture, then describes the limitations that prevents that architecture from copying with the requirements of cloud infrastructures.

Preview 16:56

This lecture describes at a high level why we need VxLANs, What is VxLANs and how does it work, and what role it plays for Software Defined Networks.

An Introduction to VxLAN (Virtual eXtensible LANs)

Questions to test the level of understanding and knowledge assimilation

VxLAN Lecture Quiz
4 questions

Tests the understanding of the current/classical DC infrastructures, and why a change is eminent

Classical DC Infrastructure Limitations
1 question

This lectures introduces Software Defined Networks (SDN) and explains how SDN brings closer all the requirements a successful Cloud deployment expects from the underlying DC infrastructure.

Preview 13:05

This lecture introduces the idea behind the ACI and the Policy Abstraction in preparation to start bit by bit deeper in ACI features  and explanations.

Preview 09:03

The abstraction of the policy model refers to

Abstraction and Policy Model
1 question

This lecture explains the policy model and the promise theory

Policy Model Explained

This lecture discusses in more details the ACI components, and elaborates on Application Policy Infrastructure Controller as an important and central component

ACI Components - APIC

This lecture describes the ACI fabric components

ACI Components - ACI Fabric

This lecture describes the fabric startup process of the ACI, and how APIC servers discover each other, and discover the ACI Fabric Leaf and Spine switches.

Fabric Startup and Auto-Discovery

This lecture describes the APIC and ACI solution integration with 3rd party Orchestration, Service nodes (NGFWs, as well as Virtual Machine Controllers.

ACI Components 3rd Party Integration

This lecture starts to touch on the GUI and shows some basic information and navigates some of the basic menus one has to deal with when starting on ACI

Preview 05:51

This lecture explains the logical constructs of ACI, and elaborates on Tenant, Tenant types and a brief introduction on how to configure a Tenant on APIC GUI

ACI Logical Constructs - Tenants

This lecture elaborates on Tenant types, User , Common, Management, and Infrastructure and shows the APIC GUI menus of each

Preview 06:16

This lecture discusses the Context ( also called VRF or Network), what it is, relation to Tenant logical construct and how to configure it on APIC GUI

Preview 13:42

This lecture discusses Application Network Profiles and explains what it is. Also, shows how you can configure one under the ACI APIC GUI.

ACI Logical Constructs - Application Network Profile

Question to re-enforce the learning

Policy in ACI
1 question

This lectures discusses Bridge Domains, what are they, how they work, contrast to L2 VLANs in classical DC networks. It also explains how ACI fabric handles Control traffic (Routing and Switching protocols, Link Layer Protocols), unknown Unicast, Multicast and Broadcast , Non-data traffic on ACI.

ACI logical Constructs - Bridge Domains (BDs)

Bridge Domain Data Traffic handling

This lectures walks through the APIC GUI configuration of a bridge domain

Configuring Bridge Domain on APIC GUI

This lectures defines End Point Groups and its characteristics. Also defines its relation with bridge domains, and the included end points.

End Point Groups

End Point Groups
1 question

Types of End Point Groups

End Point Groups
1 question

This lecture introduces the Contract logical construct. Explains how it works, Provider and Consumer concepts and the relation between Contracts, Subjects and Filters

ACI Logical Constructs - Contracts

This lectures describes what Subjects and Filters are, and the respective relation to contract logical construct

Subjects and Filters

An alternative way to configuring Contracts using drag and drop from the work pane

Configuring Contracts, Filters using drag and drop from the APIC workpane

This lecture describes have to use Labels and Label matching to make life easier configuring contracts, subjects and filters through re-use of shared contracts/subjects and filters

EPG and Subject - Labels and Label Matching

This lecture described how you can configure labels for EPGs, Subjects, Contracts, and Bridge Domains

Configuring labels

This lectures describes what a Taboo contract is, and how it can be configured

Taboo Contracts


Taboo Contracts
1 question

This lectures discusses the fact that you can selectively allow two contexts in a tenant, or two tenants to communicate securely

Inter-Tenant communication

Example on how to configure Inter-Tenant communications

Inter-tenant communications Example

Inter-tenant communications Example (Cont.)

Inter-tenant communication Example (Cont.)

Subnet of provider EPG in inter-tenant communication

Inter tenant communication
1 question

This lecture describes how does the ACI fabric handle different types of encapsulations for traffic received by the leaf switch ports, and how it encapsulates that into the fabric 

Encapsulation Normalization and Integrated Overlay

This lectures walks you through a life of packet as it leaves a server connected to a leaf switch, through leaf switch encapsulation and forwarding handling, all the way through to the egress leaf switch.

ACI Unicast traffic handling

VxLAN - Cisco ACI Implementation
1 question

Multicast Handling in ACI

This lecture describes how Multicast policies are applied in ACI

Multicast Policies in ACI

This lecture discusses how Storm control to prevent flooding leaf switch ports can be configured, and how load balancing across leaf to spine links can be done in ACI

Storm control and load balancing in ACI

This lecture describes what ACI access and fabric policies are and what are they used for.

ACI Access and Fabric Policies

ACI access policies example

Alternative way to solve the ACI access policy example in previous lecture

This lecture describes how to create static and dynamic allocation VLAN Pools in ACI for Access connectivity to leaf switches

Preview 08:48

This lecture discussed the fabric-internal BGP and AS numbers setup

ACI Networking - BGP AS Numbers and Route Reflectors

This lecture describes the networking domains ACI Fabric can connect to, and is the introduction for lectures explaining each

Networking Domains in ACI

This lectures explains and provides an example of how to deploy an EPG statically to a leaf switch port, and how to attach a VLAN to an EPG on that port

Statically Deploying an EPG to a Leaf switch port

This lecture explains what Attachable Entity Profiles (AEP) is, and how it plays a role in connecting external servers, nodes, and networks into ACI.

Attachable Entity Profiles Example (AEP)

This lecture discusses how the ACI can have connections to external networks via a L2 connection to a  leaf switch.

ACI and Layer 2 External Connectivity

This lectures describes how you can extend a bridge domain outside ACI to connect to Layer 2 external networks

Layer 2 External EPGs (Bridged Outside connections to ACI)

This lectures starts a series of lectures describing Layer 3 (L3) External connectivity to ACI, and how ACI can use routing protocols and route filtering to peer with external networks

ACI Routed Outside (L3 External) Connections

This lecture describes how ACI uses OSPF, BGP and EIGRP to peer with External Layer 3 networks, Also discusses traffic handling through the life of packet from a physical server to a virtual machine across the fabric

Routed Outside - Using OSPF, BGP and EIGRP to peer with outside L3 Networks

A Routed Outside connection example clarifies how the steps to configure the Layer 3 External connection and L3 External EPG

L3 Routed Outside example

This lecture continues the Example from previous lecture

L3 Routed Outside example (Cont.)

L3 Routed Outside example - L3 Ext. EPG subnect scope options

This lecture described how ACI can be configured to generate a default route and advertise it out on the  L3 External connection.

Generating a Default Route in ACI

ACI integration with Virtualized Environments

These lectures describe how APIC integrated with VMware vCenter, the required configuration on APIC

ACI Integration with VMware vCenter

ACI integration with VMware vShield

ACI integration with MicroSoft SCVMM

This lectures discusses how to insert service nodes in ACI-based infrastructures

Data Center (DC) services Insertion in ACI

Services Insertion in ACI
1 question

This lecture described how DC services (Fireballing, Server Load Balancing...etc) required by an Application is represented by service graphs in APIC policies.

Service Graphs

The lecture wraps up the course with discussions around ACI vs NSX, and Whether Cisco ACI qualifies as a SDN solution.

Wrap Up
About the Instructor
DolfinEd - Learning Simplified!
4.4 Average rating
902 Reviews
15,216 Students
12 Courses

DolfinEd's mission is to provide simplified educational solutions to help everyone through their Infrastructure and Cloud career  journey from beginner to Pro. Led by Eissa A. Sherif, a Cloud and Infrastructure architect, with 23 years of experience, holding multiple industry certificates from Amazon Web Services, Cisco CCIE, RiverBed, Palo Alto to name a few. He had also held multiple technical, design and architecture related positions in different fortune 500 companies including Cisco and IBM across three continents. He is also a passionate certified Systems Instructor dedicated to quality training, who has been honored to teach classroom based courses to 100s of students, in four continents, during his career as an advanced technical instructor.

DolfinEd is established with a commitment to quality, simplified education, from the ground up, at the right price point. Education that caters for the entire spectrum of knowledge and experience levels from novice to to IT pros.

By following a simple, easy to follow, step by step teaching strategy, breaking the complex of subjects into easy to assimilate learning building blocks, and guided practice to reenforce the learning, DolfinEd managed to attract 15K+ of satisfied students, from 150 countries in the first 16 months on Udemy. 

Building on this success, more content/courses are being added and the current courses are in a continuous update and development to ensure knowlege currency.

As time goes by, plenty of student centric development and enhancements are planned.

Simply, DolfinEd is the learning partner you can rely on!

Eissa A. Sherif, 

DolfinEd - Learning Simplified!