Cisco ACI Migration (ACIMIG)

Cisco’s experience and knowledge gained from typical ACI clients’ compelling events and expected business outcomes proves that users can adopt different transition paths to ACI. In this 3-day Cisco ACI training course, we will discuss specifically how to migrate to ACI using two different methods: Network mode and Application mode. In addition, the ACI learning class will discuss virtualization migration, fabric path migrations, and other migration topics. It is recommended that students have a basic, working understanding of Cisco ACI to fully grasp the ACI course content. Learn more about course objectives and NterOne’s ACI classes below!

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Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Discuss options available to migrate servers and applications to ACI
  • Better understand the end requirements and map the right ACI migration mode(s)
  • Articulate the high-level steps of a selected ACI migration mode
  • Understand the applicability of migration modes to your business outcomes



The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Familiarity with Cisco ACI

Course Outline


Module 1: ACI Migration


  • Network Centric
    • ACI Deployment as a L2 Fabric
    • ACI Deployment as a L3 Fabric
    • Network Centric ACI Migration
    • Nexus 9000 Migration from Standalone to ACI mode
  • Hybrid (Network and Application Centric) ACI Migration
    • Virtual Environment Migration
    • ACI Virtual Migration Assistant
  • Application Centric
    • ACI Deployments for Known Application Profiles
    • ACI Approach to Application
    • Operational Challenges
    • Application Profiling Methodology
    • Advanced Services: Application Profiling for ACI


Module 2: Hardware and Software Migration


  • Repurposing existing hardware
  • Determine hardware requirements for migration
  • Migration from NXos to ACI on a Nexus 9000
  • Reverting to NXoS
  • Migrating from VMware DVS to AVS
  • Migrating from Nexus 1000V to AVS


Module 3: Multi-POD ACI Deployments


  • Connecting Two ACI Fabrics
  • Single Fabric Scenarios
    • Multi-Site (Stretched) Fabric
    • Synchronization of Fabric Policy


Module 4: Migrating a Brownfield Network to ACI


  • L2 Connectivity with VLAN to EPG Static Mapping
  • Virtual Workloads Migration Considerations
  • Default Gateway Migration Considerations
  • L3 Routing Between Brownfield and Greenfield Networks
  • Migration of L4-L7 Network Services


Module 5: Managing Flooding Within the Fabric


  • Multi-Destination Protocol Traffic
  • Configure ACI Bridge Domain settings
  • Migrate Workloads
  • Complete the Migration


Module 6: Managing the Default Gateway


  • Migrating Default Gateway to the ACI Fabric
  • Extension and Connecting
  • Gradual Migration
  • Simple Policy During Migration - Any-to-Any Configuration
  • Dynamic ACL’s
  • vPC & ACI Co-Existence


Module 7: L4-L7 Migration


  • ACI Service Insertion via Policy
  • Automation for Service Insertion and Configuration
  • Service Automation Through Device Package
  • L4-7 Service graph with “unmanaged” device
  • Standard Architecture with Services
  • Services Switch


Module 8: Layer 3 Migration


  • Migrating the Connectivity to the Core
  • ACI Routing Capabilities
  • Route Export and External EPG Configuration
  • VPC and Routing Protocols


Module 9: Migrating WAN and DCI to ACI


  • Single Fabric  (Multi-Site (Stretched) Fabric)
  • Integration of Stretched ACI Fabric with LISP
  • Integrating with OTV
  • Same Pervasive GW IP & MAC on independent fabrics
  • Multi-Site Leveraging IP Based EPG
  • mBGP EVPN - Ethernet VPN
  • Multi-Fabric Scenarios
    • Extending BGP VXLAN to the PE
    • Multi-Pod +ASR9K and N7K Border Leaf


Module 10: Migrating Virtual Switching


  • ACI Provides Automated Integration for all workloads
  • VMWare Integration 5.1, 5.5, 6.x, vCenter Plugin and vRealize
  • Microsoft Interaction with ACI
  • Openstack and OVS Integration with ACI


Module 11: Application Virtual Switch


  • Hypervisor Integration with ACI APIC
  • VMWare Integration
  • ACI Hypervisor Integration – VMware DVS/vShield
  • Application Virtual Switch with OpFlex in ACI Fabri
  • Extending ACI to Existing Virtual & Physical Networks
  • Remote VTEP (Virtual) via AVS
  • Hypervisors vs. Linux Containers
  • Docker and ACI


Module 12: FabricPath to ACI Migration 


  • Advantages to Adopting ACI over FabricPath
  • Initial Design Considerations
  • Migration Strategy
  • Infrastructure Deployment Considerations
  • Migration Scenario 1
  • Migration Scenario 2




Lab Outline


  • Lab 1: Nexus 9000 - Standalone to ACI Conversion and back
  • Lab 2: Configure Basic Network Constructs
  • Lab 3: Migrating to AVS – Install an AVS
  • Lab 4: Client Scenario A - build a migration strategy
  • Lab 5: Client Scenario B - build a migration strategy
  • Lab 6: Configure Communication to an existing  Layer 3 Network
  • Lab 7: Configure Communication to an existing Layer 2 Network
  • Lab 8: Create EPGs and BDs corresponding to VLANs in the existing infrastructure.
  • Lab 9: Enable flooding on ACI BDs during the migration.
  • Lab 10: Endpoint Migration and verification
  • Lab 11: Bridge Domain Configuration and Gateway Migration
  • Lab 12: Application Network Profiler (ANP) Tool
  • Lab 13: Create EPGs and BDs based on the ANP tool
  • Lab 14: 3rd party Tools - Citrix NetScaler ACI Migration Tool


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