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Integration with Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI release 4.1(1) adds support for WAN SLA policies. This feature enables tenant administrator to apply preconfigured policies to specify the levels of packet loss, jitter, and latency for tenant traffic over the WAN. When a WAN SLA policy is applied to tenant traffic, the Cisco APIC sends the configured policies to a vManage controller. The vManage controller, which is configured in Cisco ACI as an external device manager that provides Cisco SD-WAN capabilities, chooses the best possible WAN link that meets the loss, jitter, and latency parameters specified in the SLA policy.

The WAN SLA policies are applied to tenant traffic though contracts.

Integration Overview and Guidelines

The general steps that you perform in vManage to configure the integration are:

  1. Verify that Cisco ACI has registered the desired controller as a partner with a vManage controller, as described in the Verify Cisco ACI Registration section.
  2. Attach devices to the vManage controller, as described in the Map ACI Sites section.

The following guidelines apply when integrating vManage with Cisco ACI:

  • Only new SD-WAN deployments support this integration.
  • Make sure that any devices to which the Cisco APIC sends policies do not have any application-aware routing policies configured for them.
  • Make sure each device to which the Cisco APIC sends policies has an attached template.
  • Before you begin the integration, use the CLI policy builder to create a centralized policy and activate it by using the vManage policy builder.
  • Before you apply WAN SLA policies, establish a connection between the vManage controller and the Cisco APIC. For instructions, see Cisco ACI and SDWAN Integration.
  • Before you attach devices, configure Cisco ACI for this integration. For more information and instructions, see the Cisco ACI Integrations documentation.

Verify Cisco ACI Registration

After you configure Cisco ACI for integration with vManage, perform the following steps in vManage to verify that Cisco ACI has registered the desired controller as a vManage partner:

  1. In vManage, select Administration ► Integration Management.

The Integration Management page displays.

  1. On the Integration Management page, verify that “ACI Partner Registration” appears in the Description for the controller to which the Cisco APIC is to send policies.

Mapping ACI Sites

Mapping ACI sites designates the controller devices to which the policies from Cisco APIC apply.

Before you begin, review the guidelines in the Integration Overview and Guidelines section.

To attach devices to a controller, follow these steps:

  1. In vManage, select Administration ► Integration Management.

The Integration Management page displays.

  1. Click the More Actions icon to the right of the row for the applicable site and select Attach Devices.
  2. In the Available Devices column on the left, select a group and search for one or more devices, select a device from the list, or click Select All.
  3. Click the arrow pointing right to move the device to the Selected Devices column on the right.

To remove devices from the Selected Devices column, in that column select a group and search for one or more devices, select a device from the list, or click Select All, and then click the arrow pointing left.

  1. Click Attach.

Unmapping ACI Sites

Unmapping ACI sites stops Cisco APIC policies from being applied to the unmapped devices.

To detach devices from a controller, follow these steps:

  1. In vManage, select Administration ► Integration Management.

The Integration Management page displays.

  1. Click the More Actions icon to the right of the row for the applicable site and select Detach Devices.
  2. In the Available Devices column on the left, select a group and search for one or more devices, select a device from the list, or click Select All.
  3. Click the arrow pointing right to move the device to the Selected Devices column on the right.

To remove devices from the Selected Devices column, in that column select a group and search for one or more devices, select a device from the list, or click Select All, and then click the arrow pointing left.

  1. Click Detach.

Delete a Controller

Deleting a controller removes it as a partner with Cisco ACI.

If you want to remove a controller as a partner with Cisco ACI, we recommend that you remove its registration by using Cisco ACI instead of deleting it in vManage.

To delete a controller in vManage, follow these steps:

  1. In vManage, select Administration ► Integration Management.

The Integration Management page displays.

  1. Detach all devices that are attached to the controller.

For instructions, see the Detach Devices from a Controller section.

  1. Click the More Actions icon to the right of the row for the applicable site and select Delete Controller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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