You can add Cisco ACI as a data source. This feature is available only for the enterprise license users.


  • To connect to the APIC controller REST API over HTTPS, you must have access to all the tenants and have the read-only privilege.
  • For SNMP, you must have the read-only permission.
  • Ensure you have a local user role with the following privilege:
    • Security Domain: all
    • Role: admin
    • Access: read
    For details on how to create a local user in Cisco ACI, see Access, Authentication, and Accounting section in Cisco APIC Security Configuration Guide.


  1. In the Accounts and Data Source page under Settings, click Add Source.
  2. Under Others, click Cisco ACI.
  3. In the Add a new Cisco ACI Account or Source page, provide the required information:
    Option Action
    Collector VM Select a collector VM from the drop-down menu.
    IP Address/FQDN Enter the IP address or the FQDN details.
    Username Enter the user name.
    Note: If the user is a domain user, then you must add apic: before the user name. For example: if the user name is user1 and if the user belongs to the domain domain1 then specify the user name as apic:domain1\\user1. The domain name is case-sensitive.
    Password Enter the password.
    • Select the Collector VM.
    • Provide the IP address of any of the APIC controllers in the cluster.
      Note: You do not have to add the individual switches in the ACI fabric.
    • Provide the user credentials.
    • vRealize Network Insight collects the metric data over SNMP from the individual switches. To enable this task, select Use SNMP.
  4. Click Validate.
  5. Enter Nickname and Notes (if any) for the data source and click Submit