Onboard your Cisco Catalyst Switches within the Meraki Dashboard right now


Cisco Catalyst (IOS-XE) coming to the Meraki Cloud is lastly right here, and we couldn’t be extra excited to share that you may attempt it out right now. This was first introduced in the course of the June Cisco Stay; right now, it’s out there, and you’ll attempt 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 current and new Cisco Catalyst clients to onboard and monitor Cisco Catalyst 9000 sequence switches utilizing the Meraki dashboard.

Within the Meraki Dashboard, clients are in a position to view Catalyst swap statistics, configuration, and troubleshooting capabilities, offering a single pane of glass visibility. With monitoring, community machine administration and configuration adjustments are finished elsewhere because the dashboard could have read-only entry to the community gadgets. Which means that IOS-XE options, CLI administration, and configuration on the Cisco Catalyst switches in cloud monitoring mode are nonetheless supported.

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

One other instance is clients who’re operating a hybrid community of Meraki and Catalyst: you’ll profit by transferring 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 simple and will be achieved in just a few steps.

However first, let’s speak in regards to the necessities and conditions:

  • When you don’t have a Meraki dashboard account, you may join one right now. 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 sequence switches (together with 9200L fashions)
    • Catalyst 9300 sequence switches (together with 9300L and 9300X fashions)
    • Catalyst 9500 sequence switches.
    • Different platforms are into account
  •  The minimal model supported is IOS-XE 17.3.1 and later.

The onboarding course of may be very easy and simple. We leverage the Onboarding app, which is offered for Home windows, macOS, and Linux gadgets. The app will be downloaded from the Meraki Dashboard beneath Networkwide>Add Gadgets web page. This web page is accessible when you find yourself logged in together with your Meraki dashboard account.

The pre-onboarding course of will be achieved by means of just a few 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 shall be monitored beneath and purchase your organizational stage administrator API Key. This may be generated by means of the dashboard account in your group.
• The machine from which the onboarding app is operating 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 similar to port connectivity, DNS, NTP, and IP routing necessities, please confer with cloud monitoring for Catalyst Onboarding beneath pre-onboarding steps.

After you could have all the things confirmed and able to go, you may comply with the Onboarding device which has guided steps to convey up switches into the Meraki dashboard. It is suggested that you simply again up your machine configuration earlier than onboarding your Catalyst switches to the Meraki dashboard.

As soon as within the dashboard, these switches shall be routinely tagged with “Monitor Solely” to tell apart them from different Meraki switches. Additionally, the swap maintains its IOS-XE picture, and two serial numbers (one Catalyst and one Meraki). Apart from 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 exhibits an in depth view of all switches I’ve in my atmosphere; as you may see, the highest 2 are stacked and are tagged as Monitor Solely. They’re operating 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 Change 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 might be much like what you’d see for a Meraki MS swap. You may click on on port data to see the configuration, packet particulars, energy cycle the port, and neighbor particulars. You may also see the community topology and troubleshooting instruments. Attain out to your Cisco Account staff for questions or help.


Be a part of our November fifteenth webinar to be taught extra and ask questions!

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Nov 15, 2022 10:00am – 11:00am PST (GMT-08:00)

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 Sequence Switches (Cloud Monitoring)

Meraki Dashboard API

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

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



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