Part 15: Creating VPC Interface Policy Group

Creating VPC Interface Policy Group 

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

Virtual Port Channel (VPC):
A virtual Port Channel (vPC) allows links that are physically connected to two different devices to appear as a single Port Channel to a third device. In the world of ACI, pairs of leaf switches may be configured in a vPC domain so that downstream devices can be active-active dual-homed. 

For every group of interfaces that will be configured into a vPC, a different interface policy group needs to be created. This object must be unique for each VPC created. 

To create new vPC Interface Policy Group, follow below steps. 

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

Fig 1.1- Cisco APIC ACI Login Screen

Step 2: In the Navigation pane, choose Interface Policies > Policy Groups > Leaf Policy Groups.

Step 3: In the Work pane, choose Actions > Create VPC Interface Policy Group.  

Fig 1.2- Create VPC Interface Policy Group.

Step 4: In the Create VPC Interface Policy Group dialog box, perform the following actions

  • Define a name to your policy and provide description
  • Choose the policies created previously that are relevant for this vPC policy group.

Note⭐: Try to put LACP mode active on all port-channels and vPCs where possible

Note⭐: vPC Policy groups should not be reused, it is recommended to configured individual vPC policy groups for each vPC in the fabric

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