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NPM 12.4 feature: Support for Cisco ACI

Created by Magdalena.Markova, last modified by Magdalena.Markova on Dec 04, 2018

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Last updated: December 4, 2018


Thanks to the broad coverage of Cisco OIDs, you can poll many statistics for hardware components that make up ACI, such as Nexus leaf and spine switches, already with NPM 12.3. Starting with NPM 12.4, you can enable API polling on ACI devices to monitor the following components of your SDN environment:

  • Tenants
  • Application profiles
  • Endpoint groups
  • Spine and leaf switches

You can also alert and report on health scores to keep your SDN running smoothly.

To get the best coverage of your ACI environment, enable the API polling on one of your APICs and add leaf and spine switches to NPM as SNMP nodes. To find out how to configure SNMP in APICs, see the Cisco document Configuring SNMP in APIC (© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates, obtained from on October 17, 2018).

View health scores for ACI members

  1. In the Orion Web Console, go to the ACI node details view.
  2. Click the Members subview.

The Members subview displays the following items:

  • Name
  • Distinguished name
  • Member type together with the type-specific icon
  • Health score

ACI status is calculated based on the polled Health Scores, and uses the following default thresholds defined on the device.

0-50 critical status
51-90 warning status
91-100 up


You can automatically display ACI members on the node on Orion Maps.

Use a part of the distinguished name to see child entities on a certain level (tenants or application profiles).



View health score and status history in PerfStack

Click a health score to open this metric as a new Performance Analysis Dashboard. In the PerfStack, you can see the health score and status of the ACI entity, including historical data.

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