Fully Managed AWS Brownfield Integration to Cloud ACI

Table of Contents: Introduction What we will show in this writeup Demo Topology Implementation Steps 4.a.Prerequisites 4.b.Importing in the Brownfield VPC into ACI Fabric 4.c.Importing the VRF from CNC to NDO 4.d.Observe in AWS References Introduction Previously, I had written an article on how to integrate AWS Brownfield VPC into Cloud ACI Fabric. At the … More Fully Managed AWS Brownfield Integration to Cloud ACI

Configuring Cisco ACI with Ansible AWX running in Docker

Table of Contents Table of Contents Introduction Requirements AWX Install Options AWX Install for AWS/EC2 based install with Terraform AWX VM Preperation for vSphere based install Administering AWX GUI References Introduction We are looking into an APIC integration with a security product and it requires an AWX Ansible server to push configuration changes to our … More Configuring Cisco ACI with Ansible AWX running in Docker

Part 2 – Cisco ACI 5.2 and Kubernetes 1.21 CNI Feature Highlights

Table of contents Table of contents Introduction Network Diagram Visability into your Kubernetes Cluster EPG Visability of Containers and Nodes Easily Secure Kubernetes Applications and Cluster through ACI Contracts L4-L7 Load Balancing Integration Path of the packet and a Little PBR References Introduction In this article we examine our Cisco ACI integration with Kubernetes and … More Part 2 – Cisco ACI 5.2 and Kubernetes 1.21 CNI Feature Highlights

Part 1 – Cisco ACI 5.2 and Kubernetes 1.21 CNI Integration

Table of contents Table of contents Introduction Network Diagram Lab Requirements My Kubernetes Installation Method – Ansible + kubeadm Creating a VM template Ansible Server Configuration Ansible Host Software Setup Configure Ansible Playbook ACI Fabric Pre-Requisites VMM Tenant(s), VRF and L3OUT Deploy The K8 Cluster Basic K8 Host Network Configuration Verifying you have a Successful … More Part 1 – Cisco ACI 5.2 and Kubernetes 1.21 CNI Integration

Part 3 – Monitoring Apps deployed on K8s cluster on ACI Fabric Using AppDynamics/NDI

Introduction In this article we will focus on monitoring an application running within a Kubernetes cluster. This Kubernetes cluster has been integrated with Cisco ACI CNI, however that is not a requirement for the integration or monitoring to work. If you have read the previous articles you will remember that we were previously installing each … More Part 3 – Monitoring Apps deployed on K8s cluster on ACI Fabric Using AppDynamics/NDI

Part 1 – Installing AppDynamics and Integrating with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights

With the release of NDI 5.0, Cisco added the ability to integrate the NDI platform with other 3rd party monitoring applications. The first integration supported was AppDynamics. With AppDynamics you can feed in your application monitoring to the NDI dashboard to provide further information to aid in monitoring and troubleshooting specific issues with the application running … More Part 1 – Installing AppDynamics and Integrating with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights

Subscribing Nexus Dashboard Insights Kafka Producer to a Kafka topic and streaming events to a Kafka Consumer

Applications frequently need to talk to other applications.  As an example Application A gathers some data and Application B needs to do some custom processing with the output of data from Application A.  When Applications that are split in functionality need to exchange data between each other, there are generally 2 kinds of ways to … More Subscribing Nexus Dashboard Insights Kafka Producer to a Kafka topic and streaming events to a Kafka Consumer

Cisco MultiSite Orchestrator on Cisco Nexus Dashboard

Changes: 11/30/2021 with updated information on Ansible and Terraform In a previous article,  I had introduced and guided on how to install Cisco Nexus Dashboard.  In this post I will discuss and do a short guidance on installing Cisco MSO on Cisco ND. Installation is really simple as you will see in a bit.  It’s … More Cisco MultiSite Orchestrator on Cisco Nexus Dashboard

Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding

Updates: 5/18/2021:  Deciphering ND Licensing 4/14/2021:  Please use Release 2.0.1d,  not release 2.0.1b (which got deferred)  On CCO downloads, please search for Nexus Dashboard.  2.0.1d can be found at: https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286327743/type/286328258/release/2.0(1d) 2.0(2) should be out anytime now By Now you are probably already familiar with Cisco Application Service Engine.  We had previously written some articles on … More Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding