Cisco® Implementing Automation for Cisco® Data Center solutions v1.0 (DCAUI)

This course teaches students how to implement Cisco Data Center automated solutions, including programming concepts, orchestration, and automation tools. This course will prepare students for exam 300-635, and Specialist and CCNP-Data Center certifications.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Review Cisco ACI fundamental concepts, GUI workflows, and create the case for implementing automation.
  • Introduce the Cisco ACI REST API, the tools already available on the Cisco APIC, and understand basic API interaction using Postman.
  • Understand the functionality provided by the Python ACI libraries and write scripts that apply configuration and verify state on the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Understand Cisco ACI Ansible modules, build playbooks that apply Infrastructure-as-Code concepts to Cisco ACI tenant configuration, and generate a health report using Ansible
  • Understand Cisco ACI Apps Center integration and the benefits of integrating Kubernetes infrastructure with Cisco ACI
  • Understand the API types and capabilities available on Cisco Nexus product family
  • Understand Day 0 operations and how ZTP, POAP, and iPXE fulfill these goals with their respective tooling
  • Understand functionality provided by the on-box tooling on the Cisco Nexus series switches and implement simple solutions to improve daily operations
  • Use Python and Ansible to leverage the NX-API to implement and verify configuration state using modern workflows
  • Understand the paradigm shift of Model-Driven Telemetry and explore a fully set up pipeline for data collection and analysis
  • Understand the Cisco UCS developer tools and implement management workflows leveraging Cisco UCS APIs, Python, and Ansible modules
  • Leverage Cisco UCS Director APIs to manage infrastructure using Postman and Python scripts
  • Review Cisco DCNM product capabilities and understand how its API can be leveraged to automate the Cisco Data Center.
  • Understand the advantages of using Cisco Intersight and how to implement automation tasks using its REST APIs via Python and Ansible


    Course Details

    Course Outline

    1 - Describing the Cisco ACI Policy Model
  • Cisco ACI Overview
  • Cisco ACI Object Model Hierarchy
  • Discovery 1: Use Cisco APIC Web GUI
  • Reasons for Automating Cisco ACI
  • Summary Challenge
  • 2 - Describing the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Introduction to the Cisco ACI REST API
  • Cisco ACI REST API Clients
  • Discovery 2: Discover the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Discovery 3: Use Postman with the APIC REST API
  • Summary Challenge
  • 3 - Using Python to Interact with the Cisco ACI REST API
  • Python for Cisco ACI Automation
  • Discovery 4: Use Python with the Cisco APIC REST API
  • Discovery 5: Configure and Verify Cisco ACI Using Acitoolkit
  • Cobra SDK and Arya
  • Discovery 6: Use Cobra and Arya to Recreate a Tenant
  • Summary Challenge
  • 4 - Using Ansible to Automate Cisco ACI
  • Ansible ACI Modules
  • Discovery 7: Manage Configuration Using Ansible
  • Discovery 8: Set Up a New Tenant the NetDevOps Way
  • Discovery 9: Create an Infrastructure Health Report
  • Summary Challenge
  • 5 - Describing Cisco ACI Apps Center and Kubernetes Integration
  • Cisco ACI App Center
  • Discovery 10: Install an Application from the App Center on the Cisco APIC
  • Cisco ACI Application Types
  • Integrating the Kubernetes Infrastructure and Cisco ACI
  • Summary Challenge
  • 6 - Introducing Cisco NX-OS Programmability
  • Cisco Nexus Platform
  • Cisco NX-OS Program
  • Summary Challenge
  • 7 - Describing Day-Zero Provisioning with Cisco NX- OS
  • Day-Zero Operations
  • Describe iPXE
  • Power on Auto Provisioning
  • Discovery 11: Power on Auto Provisioning on the Cisco Nexus 9000
  • Summary Challenge
  • 8 - Implementing On-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco NX-OS
  • On-Box Programmability on Cisco NX-OS
  • Discovery 12: Use Bash and Guest-Shell on Cisco NX-OS
  • Discovery 13: Use Python to Enhance CLI Commands
  • Discovery 14: Trigger a Python Script Using EEM
  • Discovery 15: Docker Containers on NX-OS
  • Summary Challenge
  • 9 - Implementing Off-Box Programmability and Automation with Cisco NX-OS
  • NX-API Enhancement
  • Discovery 16: Configure and Verify Using NX-API and Python
  • Model-Driven Programmability on Cisco NX-OS
  • Discovery 17: Configure and Verify Using NETCONF/YANG
  • Ansible for Cisco NX-OS
  • Discovery 18: Use Ansible with NX-OS
  • Summary Challenge
  • 10 - Understanding Model-Driven Telemetry
  • Model-Driven Telemetry
  • Discovery 19: Streaming Telemetry
  • Summary Challenge
  • 11 - Automating Cisco UCS Using Developer Tools
  • Cisco UCS Overview
  • Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Cisco IMC XML API
  • Discovery 20: Connect, Query, and Modify Cisco UCS Manager Objects Using Cisco UCS PowerTool
  • Discovery 21: Connect, Query, and Modify Cisco UCS IMC Objects Using Cisco IMC PowerTool
  • Python SDK
  • Discovery 22: Utilize Cisco UCS Python SDK
  • Discovery 23: Utilize Cisco IMC Python SDK
  • Cisco UCS Manager Ansible Modules
  • Discovery 24: Implement Ansible Playbooks to Modify and Verify the Configuration of Cisco UCS Manager
  • Summary Challenge
  • 12 - Implementing Workflows Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco UCS Directo
  • Cisco UCS Director Workflows
  • Summary Challenge
  • 13 - Describing Cisco DCNM
  • Cisco DCNM
  • Cisco DCNM APIs
  • Summary Challenge
  • 14 - Describing Cisco Intersight
  • Cisco Intersight
  • Cisco Intersight APIs
  • Summary Challenge
  • Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

    Who is it For?

    Target Audience

    This section specifies the primary and secondary target audiences of this course by job roles and notes the relevance to each job role.

    Audience - Channel and Customer Engineers,

    Job Role - Network Engineer

    Systems Engineer

    Wireless Engineer

    Consulting Systems Engineer

    Technical Solutions Architect Network Administrator Wireless Design Engineer

    Network Manager

    Site Reliability Engineer Deployment Engineer

    Relevance - Primary

    Audience - Channel SEs

    Job Role - Sales Engineer

    Relevance - Secondary

    Audience - Channel AMs

    Job Role - Account Manager

    Relevance - Secondary


    Other Prerequisites

    The knowledge and skills that students are expected to have before attending this course are: • Basic programming language concepts

    Basic understanding of virtualization and VMware

    Ability to use Linux and CLI tools, such as SSH and bash

    CCNP level data center knowledge

    Foundational understanding of Cisco ACI

    Cisco® Implementing Automation for Cisco® Data Center solutions v1.0 (DCAUI)

    Course Length : 3 Days

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