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. On the Settings page, click Accounts and Data Sources.
  2. Click Add Source.
  3. Under Others, click Cisco ACI.
  4. 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 Provide the IP address of an APIC controller in the cluster.
    Note: You do not have to add the individual switches in the ACI fabric.
    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.
  5. Click VALIDATE.
  6. Define the polling interval for the configuration data collection. You can set the polling interval from 10 minutes to 7 days.
    • Preset - Select the interval time from the predefined time set.
    • Custom Interval - Set a value and select Minutes, Hours, and Days.
    • Fixed Schedule - Select the days and set the time to schedule the interval.
  7. In the Nickname text box, enter a nickname.
  8. In the Notes (Optional) text box, you can add a note if necessary.
  9. Click SUBMIT.