If you’re studying for Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) certification, you know that one of the best ways to learn is to set up a home lab. But what hardware do you need, and how can you get started?
First, let’s look at the hardware you’ll need. For a basic ACI lab, you’ll need:
2x Cisco Nexus 9300-EX switches
1x Cisco Nexus 9300-FX2 switch
1x Cisco APIC controller
You can find more information on the hardware requirements in the Cisco ACI documentation.
Now that you have the hardware, you’ll need to install the ACI software on the APIC controller. You can find the software and installation instructions on the Cisco website.
Once the software is installed, you’ll need to configure the APIC controller and the Nexus switches. The Cisco documentation includes a step-by-step guide to configuring the APIC controller and the Nexus switches.
Once your hardware and software are set up, you’re ready to start using ACI! Here are a few resources to help you get started:
The Cisco ACI Documentation: This is your go-to resource for all things ACI. It includes guides, tutorials, and reference material.
The Cisco ACI Simulator: This simulator lets you test ACI configurations without having physical hardware.
The Cisco ACI E-Learning Portal: This portal includes e-learning courses, videos, and labs to help you learn ACI.
With these resources, you should be well on your way to setting up and using your ACI home lab.