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Implementing with Cisco Network Programmability for ACI (600-512)

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Implementing with Cisco Network Programmability for ACI (600-512)

Exam Description


The Implementing with Cisco ACI Network Programmability (600-512) exam is a 90- minute (1.5-hour) exam with 55-65 questions. This exam tests the ability of network engineers to deploy highly automated network architectures that leverage the policy-based controller that is integrated into the infrastructure. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they can deploy, install, and troubleshoot such network infrastructures and applications on it.


The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.


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1.0 Requirements Collection and Analysis


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1.1 Understand the architecture of the application being deployed

  • 1.1.a Identify application requirements
  • 1.1.b Understand the external interfaces for the application (north/south-bound API, GUI interface, CLI)


1.2 Understand the requirements of the Cisco APIC north/south-bound interfaces


1.3 Understand the environment the application is being deployed in

  • 1.3.a Understands how these different items influence the configuration of what is being deployed

2.0 Deployment Design Development


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2.1 Understand the pros and cons of different deployment models and configurations

  • 2.1.a Understand and identify benefits and limitations of deployment of an application related to proximity and service dependencies


2.2 Document in detail how the application is deployed and configured

  • 2.2.a Create an application network profile to support application requirements


2.3 Understand best practices to deploy the end product

  • 2.3.a Understands and can identify best practices for deploying applications in a Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure


2.4 Understands lab validation and testing

  • 2.4.a Perform functions check
  • 2.4.b Evaluate results of functions testing
  • 2.4.c Validate any required interoperability or compliance or regulatory guidelines

3.0 Configuration and Implementation


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3.1 Configuring the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller

  • 3.1.a Configure endpoints and endpoint groups
  • 3.1.b Configure application profiles
  • 3.1.c Configure contracts
  • 3.1.d Configure subjects and filters
  • 3.1.e Configure taboos
  • 3.1.f Configure contexts
  • 3.1.g Configure bridge domains
  • 3.1.h Configure Layer 2 flooding
  • 3.1.i Configure tenants


3.2 Configuring Cisco ACI Layer 4 to Layer 7 Service Integration

  • 3.2.a Describe service integration and redirection
  • 3.2.b Describe Opflex
  • 3.2.c Describe device packages
  • 3.2.d Configure application profiles specific to Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • 3.2.e Configure Cisco ACI programmability of Layer 4 to Layer 7 services using Python/Cobra SDK

3.3 Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration

  • 3.3.a Describe policy coordination with VM managers
  • 3.3.b Describe management networks
  • 3.3.c Configure Cisco ACI integration with VMWare
  • 3.3.d Configure Cisco ACI integration with SCVMM
  • 3.3.e Configure Cisco ACI integration with RedHat


3.4 Configuring Cisco ACI connectivity to outside networks

  • 3.4.a Describe inside and outside in the context of Cisco ACI
  • 3.4.b Configure Layer 3 connection to outside network
  • 3.4.c Configure Layer 2 connection to outside network


3.5 Understanding the baselining process

  • 3.5.a Understand the installation requirements and sizing guidelines for an application
  • 3.5.b Understand which parameters require additional capacity
  • 3.5.c Use tools such as Cisco APIC Health Scores to document baselines
  • 3.5.d Identify potential impacts that new applications may have


3.6 Staging and verification

  • 3.6.a Understands the difference between staging and production environment

4.0 Troubleshooting


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4.1 Troubleshoot the functionality and performance of the application

  • 4.1.a Understands the troubleshooting process


4.2 Troubleshooting Tools

  • 4.2.a Correlate events based on system faults, Health Scores, and atomic counters
  • 4.2.b Parse and interpret traces, logs, and output of monitoring tools
  • 4.2.c Troubleshoot misrouting of application traffic using atomic counters
  • 4.2.d Configure and use SPAN (Infrastructure, Fabric and Tenant) to capture network traffic
  • 4.2.e Use enhanced Traceroute and Integrated Overlay to troubleshoot connectivity issues in a multipath topology
  • 4.2.f Use API Inspector to view and troubleshoot API calls to the Cisco APIC GUI
  • 4.2.g Use Visore to browse the Cisco APIC Object store and verify XML schema


4.3 Automation/orchestration

  • 4.3.a Understand how to use automation/orchestration tools to troubleshoot


4.4 Application and operating system

  • 4.4.a Understand how to use application and operating system tools to troubleshoot


4.5 Storage

  • 4.5.a Understand how to use storage management system to troubleshoot


4.6 Be able to determine the real-time impact of the deployed application on the IT infrastructure

  • 4.6.a Understand performance monitoring and can leverage tools and techniques
  • 4.6.b Understand features of the atomic counter in Cisco APIC

5.0 Operation and Optimization


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5.1 Fabric Tuning

  • 5.1.a Execute a baseline sample of normal operations
  • 5.1.b Identify deviations from the norm and take appropriate action
  • 5.1.c Optimize fabric operation


5.2 Application Tuning

  • 5.2.a Document the baseline for an application
  • 5.2.b Identify deviations from the norm and take appropriate action


5.3 Monitoring and instrumentation

  • 5.3.a Configure Cisco APIC monitoring
  • 5.3.b Utilize Cisco APIC monitoring tools to identify issues and remediate if necessary


5.4 Change management

  • 5.4.a Use change management tools
  • 5.4.b Understand proper change control processes
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