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Part 12: Creating Port Channel Policy on ACI APIC

Creating Port Channel Policy on ACI APIC

Today we are going to talk about the how to Create Port Channel Policy on Cisco ACI APIC Dashboard. As you guys knew that APIC is a UCS based CIMC controller and we can check Port Channel Policy on Cisco ACI APIC Dashboard.

What is Cisco ACI APIC?
One of the important pillar of Cisco ACI is APIC which is known as Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller. It is single pane of glass for automation and management for the Cisco ACI fabric, policy enforcement, and health monitoring. It also optimizes performance and manages and operates a scalable multitenant Cisco ACI fabric.

LACP (Port Channel)
Link Aggregation Control Protocol is part of an IEEE specification (802.3ad) that allows an optional negotiation protocol to be run on Port Channel interfaces. 

These can be pre-emptively defined to be used as needed for the various configuration requirements in the data center.

Note ⭐: LACP is enabled on the leaf switch, LACP must also be enabled on the server or other connected device

LACP active: The Cisco ACI leaf switch puts a port into an active negotiating state, in which the port initiates negotiations with remote ports by sending LACP packets. This option is typically the preferred option when Cisco ACI leaf switch ports connect to servers.

LACP passive: The Cisco ACI leaf switch places a port into a passive negotiating state, in which the port responds to LACP packets it receives but does not initiate LACP negotiation.

To create a new Port Channel Policy follow below steps

Step 1: Login to your APIC and On the menu bar, choose Fabric > Access Policies

Fig 1.1- APIC ACI Login Screen

Step 2: In the Navigation pane, choose Policies > Interface > Port Channel

Step 3:In the Work pane, choose Actions > Create Port Channel Policy

Step 4:In the Create Port Channel Policy dialog box 

Fig 1.2- Port Channel Policy on ACI APIC

Perform the following actions:

  • Define a name to your policy and provide description
  • Select the mode required for the server
  • Optionally, specify the minimum and maximum number of links in the Port Channel and Submit

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