CISCO ACI Implementation Plan Checklist


Hi, Guess, In this blog, we will discuss the checklist of Cisco ACI implementation. Before start ACI deployment we need to keep below ten-points in our mind for smooth deployment.


    
1                  General Feature.
1.1               Device Installation.
1.2              Device Architecture.
1.3              Device Management Access of Cisco ACI.
1.4              IPv6 Compliant
1.5              Compatibility of Different Web Browsers 

2           Administration Function.
2.1            GUI/CLI based Administration of Cisco ACI.
2.2            Login Banner.
2.3            SMTP Based Monitoring System.
2.4            SNMP Based Monitoring System.
2.5            Configuration backup & Restore of the Cisco ACI.
2.6            GUI/Cli based Administration of Reporter.
2.7            License checking of the Cisco ACI
2.8            Activation of the cold standby device.
2.9            Health check status of Cisco ACI.

3           APIC & ACI Fabric building .
3.1             APIC Cluster.
3.2            LLDP Neighbours.
3.3            Firmware Management.
3.4            Time Synchronization and NTP.
3.5            DHCP Relay Policy.
3.6            DNS Service Policy 
3.7            POD,s.

4           Tenant Details.
4.1            Tenant Creation.
4.2            VRF.
4.3            Bridge Domain ( BD ).
4.4            Creating EPGs.
4.5            Microsegmented EPG.
4.6            Application Profiles and Contract.

5           Routing 
5.1            Multiprotocol BGP
5.2            OSPF inter-area and external
5.3            Static Route 
5.4            EIGRP 

6           Authentication.
6.1            User authentication supported the protocol.
6.2            Single Sign-on with AD Support.

7           Layer 4 Through 7 Services.
7.1           Device Package.
7.2           Logical Interface.
7.3           Logical Device.
7.4           Unmanaged Pools.

  8       Faults / Health Scores.
8.1         System Health.
8.2         Fabric Wide.
8.3         Access ports, FEX, VM controllers.
8.4         Fabric ports, Cards, Chassis, Fans Customize reports.
8.5         EPGs, application profiles, services.

   9     Outside Layer 2 and 3 Networks.
9.1        Layer 2 outside connection.
9.2       External EPG for Layer 2 Outside Connection.
9.3       Access Port Policy Group.

10     User Access, Authentication & Accounting
10.1     User management with LOCAL, LDAP & Radius Server.
10.2      Pair External Authentication Server.
10.3      Roles, privileges, and security Domains 

If we cover all the above points on Cisco ACI then definitely we can deploy easily.


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