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Cisco ACI Monitoring

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Network - Cisco ACI Opspack

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is Cisco's software-defined networking (SDN) offering, it allows application requirements to define the network. This architecture simplifies, optimizes, and accelerates the entire application deployment life cycle.

What You Can Monitor

This Opspack will provide a selection of Host Templates, ranging from the top level Fabric Host Template to more lower level monitoring via Host Templates for Pods and Nodes, as well as a Custom Query Host Template, allowing you to monitor all aspects of your Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.

Host Templates

The following Host Templates are currently provided by this BETA Opspack. Click the name of each Host Template to be taken to the relevant information page, including a full Service Check description and usage instructions./p>

Prerequisites

Cisco APIC 4.1, but alternative versions may be compatible.

Setup Cisco ACI for Monitoring

Pods, Spine Nodes, Leaf Nodes and APIC Nodes

To retrieve the IDs of the objects you wish to monitor, log in to the Cisco ACI dashboard. The Pod ID and APIC ID are highlighted below. To retrieve the Node ID, right click the column of the node you want to monitor and select "Open in Object Store Browser".

Copy the ID of the object you wish to monitor to the relevant host variable, as defined within each host template.

Cisco ACI Dashboard

Cisco ACI Object Store

Tenants, Application Profiles, Endpoint Groups, Bridge Domains

To retrieve the name of the Tenant you wish to monitor, navigate to the system dashboard and copy the Tenant name from the table to the relevant host variable.

Select Tenant

To retrieve the Application Profile name or Endpoint Group name, double-click on the Tenant to browse the child objects. You can then copy the name of the object you want to monitor to the relevant host variable.

Application Profile Name

To retrieve the Bridge Domain, double-click on the Tenant to browse the child objects. You can then copy the name of the Bridge Domain you want to monitor to the relevant host variable from the Networking tab.

Bridge Domain Dashboard

Custom Queries

To retrieve a specific metric or field from the object store browser that is not included in the above Host Templates, copy the DN and field name from the object store browser into the relevant custom query host variables. For example, to create a custom query for the 'delayed heartbeat' field of node-104, use the following highlighted variables:

Custom Query Dashboard