OAM Cisco ACI Series

Operationalizing, administering and managing a Cisco ACI fabric

Jun 28, 2017 2 minute read

In this series of videos, I’ll be discussing how to operationalize, administer and manage (OAM) a Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric. The purpose of this series is to help those interested in or already implementing ACI on how to conduct day 2 support. A lot of the tasks I will cover, will fall in the realm of a network administrators responsibilities. But they’re also for anyone interested in learning more about operationalizing ACI.

Introduction: ACI Diagramming 101

This initial introductory video will first introduce you to WWT’s Advanced Technology Center and our portfolio. I’ll talk a bit about our investment in Cisco’s ACI as well as what to expect from the upcoming videos in this series. To wrap up, I’ll go over ACI diagramming to help understand the object relationships and develop workflows for any task.

Task 1, part 1: Integrating IPV6 into an ACI fabric

Task one discusses how to enable IPv6 on an ACI fabric and configure routing for IPv6 enabled end points as well as an external layer 3 connection for external IPv6 connectivity.

This is a great use case for any enterprise that has invested in Cisco’s ACI and wants to enable IPv6 on one or more of their on-premise applications to transport IPv6 packets across their data center via the ACI fabric.

Task 1, part 2: Integrating IPV6 into an ACI fabric with Chrome Postman

Part two of task one describes how to automate integrating IPV6 into an ACI fabric using Chrome Postman. This video continues on from task one part one and discusses prerequisites, use cases, task diagrams, exporting ACI objects and finally automates task one in the previous video with Postman.

Task 2: Adding a new ESXI host with VMM integration

Part two helps customers understand how to expand their existing VMware ESXi environment, when it is integrated with an ACI fabric. We also demonstrate how to leverage the Cisco APIC plugin within vCenter to build the necessary ACI objects to add new port groups for virtualization admins.

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