Category Archives: ACI

Resolution Immediacy and Deployment Immediacy – ACI Master Class

When configuring ACI, have you ever wondered what those Resolution Immediacy options [Immediate | On Demand | Pre-provision] and the Deployment Immediacy options [Immediate | On Demand] do? Continue reading

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ARP Gleaning – ACI Master Class

The purpose of these Gleaning ARPs is simply to “tickle” the target station into sending a packet – not because the gateway needs the MAC address of the target! Continue reading

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ISIS, COOP, BGP and MP-BGP in Cisco ACI

Let me start with a picture.  Imagine a simple 2leaf/2spine topology with HostA attached to to Leaf1 and with HostB attached to to Leaf2. Enter IS-IS. The leaves and spines will exchange IS-IS routing updates with each other so that Leaf1 sees that it has two equally good paths to reach Leaf2, and Leaf2 sees that it has two equally good paths to reach Leaf1. Now think about the hosts. This is where COOP comes in. BGP is not needed until an external router is connected. Continue reading

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Non overlapping VTEP IP addresses in Cisco ACI

Cisco recommends that “The TEP IP address pool should not overlap with existing IP address pools that may be in use by the servers (in particular, by virtualized servers).”
Let me tell you a reason much closer to reality why you might want to avoid overlapping your Cisco ACI TEP addresses with your locally configured addressing scheme. Continue reading

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Cisco ACI Naming Standards

Have you ever wondered what a L3 Out object is, when there no facility to create an object called L3 Out? I managed to solve this and many other ambiguities by developing and adopting a consistent naming standard. Continue reading

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A funny thing happened in the ACI lab today…

I had a Tenant with a statically configured bare metal hosts attached to interface 1/16 on both leaf 101 and leaf 102, but came up with a “invalid-path;invalid-vlan” error on the faults page for the EPG that was being configured … Continue reading

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Configuring In-Band Management for the APIC on Cisco ACI (Part #3-via a L3Out)

Note: This is the third and last in a series of articles – the following is a variation of the first and second in the series. Much of the story is identical – but with a few added extras to configure the L3 out rather … Continue reading

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