Archives for posts with tag: Nexus 9000

The 1.1(1j) & 11.1(1j) release of ACI introduced support for transit routing. Prior to this, the ACI fabric acted as a ‘stub’ routing domain; that is, it was not previously possible to advertise routing information from one routing domain to another through the fabric. I covered L3 Outsides in part 9 of this series where I discussed how to configure a connection to a single routed domain. In this post, we’ll look at a scenario where the fabric is configured with two L3 Outsides and how to advertise routes from one to another. Here is the setup I’m using:


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Everything I’ve shown so far in this blog series has been focused on using the APIC GUI to achieve what we need. This is fine for small environments or for becoming familiar with ACI, but what if you need to configure 100 tenants, each with 50 EPGs, tens of private networks and bridge domains, multiple contracts to allow traffic and a L3 Outside or two thrown in? Configuring all of that through the GUI is clearly going to be massively time consuming and probably quite error prone, so we need to find a better way of doing things. ACI has a wide variety of programmability options that can be used to automate the provisioning of the fabric and its policies.

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So far in this series, everything we have discussed has been concerned with what happens inside the ACI fabric. At some point however, you will want to connect your fabric to the outside world, either at layer 2 or layer 3. In this part, we’ll take a look at how to set up layer 3 connectivity from ACI to an external router, using a construct called the Layer 3 Outside.

Let’s first take a look at the topology I’m going to discuss in this post:

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Welcome back! In this instalment, I’ll look at how to get two bare metal hosts talking to each other in the fabric. In the last post, we talked about access policies. At the end of that post, we had created a number of policies and applied them to our switching nodes. If you recall, by doing that we had provisioned a range of VLANs on one or more ports on a leaf node, but we had not actually enabled any VLANs on a port. In order to do that, we need to create at least one EPG and associate it with a port.

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It’s been a while since I posted – I’ve been spending a lot of time getting up to speed on the new Nexus 9000 switches and ACI. The full ACI fabric release is a few months away, but one of the interesting programmability aspects of the Nexus 9000 (running in “Standalone”, or NX-OS mode) is the NX-API. So what is it exactly? Read the rest of this entry »