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

The primary audience for this course is as follows: People interested in Cisco ACI Migration


Three days



Outline for Cisco ACI Migration Training

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