Onboard your Cisco Catalyst Switches within the Meraki Dashboard right this moment



Cisco Catalyst (IOS-XE) coming to the Meraki Cloud is lastly right here, and we couldn’t be extra excited to share that you would be able to strive it out right this moment. This was first introduced in the course of the June Cisco Dwell; right this moment, it’s obtainable, and you may strive it out now.

Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst Switches
Determine 1: Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst Switches

If that is your first time studying about this functionality, cloud monitoring permits present and new Cisco Catalyst clients to onboard and monitor Cisco Catalyst 9000 collection switches utilizing the Meraki dashboard.

Within the Meraki Dashboard, clients are capable of view Catalyst swap statistics, configuration, and troubleshooting capabilities, offering a single pane of glass visibility. With monitoring, community system administration and configuration modifications are carried out elsewhere because the dashboard can have read-only entry to the community units. Which means IOS-XE options, CLI administration, and configuration on the Cisco Catalyst switches in cloud monitoring mode are nonetheless supported.

Anybody can benefit from this characteristic; for instance, Cisco Catalyst clients not utilizing Cisco DNA Middle as their operational platform: it is possible for you to to realize fast worth with cloud monitoring, offering a view of your community from anyplace, anytime, a low-effort approach to expertise the Meraki Cloud dashboard simplicity.

One other instance is clients who’re working a hybrid community of Meraki and Catalyst: you’ll profit by shifting your Catalyst {hardware} into view on the Meraki dashboard with monitoring to expertise a single pane of glass for each options.

The method so as to add the Cisco Catalyst switches to the Meraki dashboard may be very straightforward and may be completed in a number of steps.

However first, let’s discuss in regards to the necessities and stipulations:

  • Should you don’t have a Meraki dashboard account, you possibly can join one right this moment. Get began by signing up for a Meraki Dashboard Account.
  • Numerous Cisco Catalyst switches are supported for cloud monitoring. As of this writing, we help:
    • Catalyst 9200 collection switches (together with 9200L fashions)
    • Catalyst 9300 collection switches (together with 9300L and 9300X fashions)
    • Catalyst 9500 collection switches.
    • Different platforms are into consideration
  •  The minimal model supported is IOS-XE 17.3.1 and later.

The onboarding course of may be very easy and easy. We leverage the Onboarding app, which is offered for Home windows, macOS, and Linux units. The app may be downloaded from the Meraki Dashboard below Networkwide>Add Units web page. This web page is accessible if you find yourself logged in along with your Meraki dashboard account.

The pre-onboarding course of may be completed by a number of steps:

• Affirm that you’re on the supported IOS-XE model, 17.3.1 or later
• Have entry to the Meraki dashboard
• Allow API Entry for the group the switches might be monitored below and purchase your organizational stage administrator API Key. This may be generated by the dashboard account in your group.
• The system from which the onboarding app is working should be capable to attain api.meraki.com on TCP port 443.
• The Cisco Catalyst swap should be capable to connect with the Cisco cloud utilizing a TLS tunnel, which is used to speak standing and telemetry to the Meraki dashboard. Listed below are the TLS Gateways places:

    • Americas: us.tlsgw.meraki.com
    • EMEA: eu.tlsgw.meraki.com
    • Asia Pacific and Japan: ap.tlsgw.meraki.com
  • For extra particulars on extra necessities resembling port connectivity, DNS, NTP, and IP routing necessities, please check with cloud monitoring for Catalyst Onboarding below pre-onboarding steps.

After you might have every thing confirmed and able to go, you possibly can observe the Onboarding device which has guided steps to carry up switches into the Meraki dashboard. It is strongly recommended that you simply again up your system configuration earlier than onboarding your Catalyst switches to the Meraki dashboard.

As soon as within the dashboard, these switches might be robotically tagged with “Monitor Solely” to differentiate them from different Meraki switches. Additionally, the swap maintains its IOS-XE picture, and two serial numbers (one Catalyst and one Meraki). Except for this distinction, “Monitor Solely” Catalyst switches seem and performance very equally to Meraki MS switches within the dashboard, together with a visible illustration of linked ports and visitors data.

Cisco Catalyst Switches With "Monitor Only" Monitor View in the Meraki Dashboard
Determine 2: Cisco Catalyst Switches With “Monitor Solely” Monitor View within the Meraki Dashboard

Determine 2 reveals an in depth view of all switches I’ve in my setting; as you possibly can see, the highest 2 are stacked and are tagged as Monitor Solely. They’re working IOS XE 17.3.4, with each Meraki and Catalyst serial numbers.

The view of a Cisco Catalyst Switch Summary on the Meraki Dashboard
Determine 3: The view of a Cisco Catalyst Swap Abstract on the Meraki Dashboard  

From the above screenshot of a Cisco Catalyst 9500 swap in monitor mode, you’ll be able to see many particulars which are much like what you’d see for a Meraki MS swap. You’ll be able to click on on port data to see the configuration, packet particulars, energy cycle the port, and neighbor particulars. You may as well see the community topology and troubleshooting instruments. Attain out to your Cisco Account group for questions or help.


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Extra Sources:

Get began by signing up for a Meraki free account

Onboard your Cisco Catalyst 9000 to realize visibility and troubleshooting skills

Cloud Monitoring Overview and FAQ

Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst Onboarding

Supported Catalyst 9000 Collection Switches (Cloud Monitoring)

Meraki Dashboard API

Your Community, Your Approach: A Journey to Full Cloud Administration of Cisco Catalyst Merchandise

Do extra with the Meraki Dashboard with Cloud Administration for Catalyst (Podcast)