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Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v 1.2

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Course Overview

The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v1.2 course is an in-depth training program designed for network and data center professionals who want to learn advanced techniques in managing and optimizing Cisco ACI environments. Covering a range of topics from advanced packet forwarding to multi-site deployment, this course equips learners with the skills needed to efficiently administer ACI fabrics and troubleshoot complex scenarios. Through the course modules, participants will delve into endpoint learning optimizationsrogue endpoint controlservice graph PBR, and VRF route leaking, among other advanced ACI policies and configurations. Practical labs reinforce the lessons, offering hands-on experience in tasks such as configuring NIC teaming, implementing transit routing, and deploying both multi-pod and multi-site architectures. Completing the DCACIA course will empower learners with the advanced knowledge required to ensure their ACI infrastructure is robust, agile, and secure, ready to support the demands of modern enterprise networks.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand and implement advanced packet forwarding mechanisms between Cisco ACI leaf switches.
  • Master endpoint learning processes and optimize endpoint learning behavior within the ACI fabric.
  • Configure and manage Network Interface Card (NIC) teaming about ACI fabric.
  • Implement endpoint loop protection and control rogue endpoints to maintain network stability.
  • Utilize advanced Cisco ACI policy configurations and tenant structures for efficient network segmentation and shared services.
  • Integrate Layer 3 external connections with ACI using transit routing and VRF route leaking techniques.
  • Transition traditional network environments to ACI while comparing network-centric and application-centric models.
  • Deploy and manage service graphs with Policy-Based Redirect (PBR) for service chaining and traffic flow customization.
  • Set up and manage a Cisco ACI multi-pod deployment, ensuring seamless packet flow and external connectivity across multiple pods.

Course Prerequisites

To ensure a successful learning experience in the Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v1.2 course, participants should come prepared with the following minimum prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of data center networking concepts and technologies.
  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products and technologies.
  • Understanding of virtualization fundamentals and VMware environments.
  • Comprehension of networking protocols, routing, and switching principles.
  • Prior experience with Cisco Nexus, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS is beneficial.
  • Completion of the following Cisco courses or equivalent knowledge:
    • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
    • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Target Audiance

  • Systems Engineers
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineers
  • Technical Solutions Architects
  • Cisco Integrators and Partners
  • Network Designers and Planners
  • Network Managers and Executives
  • Professionals preparing for Cisco certification exams in ACI technology
  • IT Professionals looking to specialize in network virtualization and data center automation

Schedule Dates

Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v 1.2
01 October 2024 - 04 October 2024
Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v 1.2
06 January 2025 - 09 January 2025
Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v 1.2
07 April 2025 - 10 April 2025
Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Advanced (DCACIA) v 1.2
07 July 2025 - 10 July 2025

Course Content

  • Configuring and initializing the ACI fabric components for deployment.

  • Implementing policies for network and application management within the ACI fabric.

  • Creating tenants and provisioning applications within the ACI fabric.

  • Integrating ACI with virtualized environments for seamless network management.

  • Implementing and managing ACI fabric across multiple data center sites.

  • Implementing security policies and microsegmentation within the ACI fabric.

  • Diagnosing and resolving common issues in ACI deployments.

  • Utilizing automation and orchestration tools to streamline ACI deployment and management processes.


Cisco ACI is a comprehensive SDN (Software-Defined Networking) solution that automates network provisioning, simplifies management, and enhances security in data center environments.

The DCACIA v1.2 course is designed for network engineers, architects, and other IT professionals who are involved in deploying, managing, and troubleshooting Cisco ACI environments.

Participants should have a solid understanding of networking concepts, familiarity with Cisco ACI fundamentals, and preferably completed the Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) course.

The course covers advanced ACI concepts including fabric architecture, policy enforcement, integration with external networks, troubleshooting methodologies, automation, and programmability.

No, the DCACIA v1.2 course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in Cisco ACI, but it does not offer a certification. However, it serves as valuable preparation for the Cisco Certified Specialist – ACI Advanced Implementation certification.

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