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Entire-Community Visualization With Meraki Dashboard

Half 2 of the 4-part collection – Cloud monitoring for Cisco Catalyst switches collection

Welcome again to the second weblog in our collection for cloud monitoring of Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches!

Like I stated in my final weblog, a very powerful step in your journey to the cloud begins with visibility. Somewhat than making an attempt to clarify with too many phrases what I imply by visibility, I’m going to spend a while displaying you—so brace your self for lots of screenshots.

Regardless of the way you need to handle your community, be it digging deep into the command-line interface (CLI) or making a couple of clicks within the Meraki dashboard, visualizing your total community is extremely vital for a lot of causes. On this weblog, I’m going to cowl just some, however I’d love to listen to your personal causes within the feedback beneath.

Image-perfect visualization

First, you need that picture-perfect view of your community. Having the ability to simply see if the whole lot is on-line (or not) from a single platform is significant to your small business.

For this specific occasion, I’m logged into the Cisco San Francisco workplace community. I can instantly have a look at the well being of the community, proven within the screenshot beneath.

Meraki dashboard network-wide health overview
Determine 1. Meraki dashboard network-wide well being overview

From right here, it’s simple to see I’ve a problem with two switches. I can click on on the switches to see a full checklist of all the switches on this community. I may filter to solely see the “unhealthy” switches. We’re going to get into troubleshooting in our subsequent weblog, so keep tuned for that.

Cloud-monitored Catalyst switches
Determine 2. Cloud-monitored Catalyst switches

Once I view the checklist of switches on this workplace, I can simply inform which gadgets are monitored Catalyst 9000 switches with the “Monitor Solely” tag—you may’t miss it! Additionally on this checklist, you may see there are a number of monitored Catalyst 9300s in addition to MS350s and one MS250. My level right here—if in case you have a combined Catalyst and Meraki setting, you may see your whole gadgets from the Meraki dashboard. I’ll even pop over and present the checklist of our latest Catalyst Wi-fi (CW) Wi-Fi 6E entry factors, test it out:

Cloud-managed Catalyst Wireless access points
Determine 3. Cloud-managed Catalyst Wi-fi entry factors

The flexibility to see all of my networks in a couple of clicks is really a mic-drop second—pause your studying right here for impact.

Monitoring Catalyst switches

Let’s get again to the “Monitor Solely” swap. By clicking on the swap you may see all the obligatory info for the swap to work. Once more, this can be a monitored Catalyst 9300 swap, so that you’ll be capable to view the whole lot, however you may’t make any configuration adjustments to a monitor-only swap.

Within the preliminary view of the monitored Catalyst swap, you may view the next:

  • Bodily tackle and placement
  • LAN IP
  • Public IP
  • Gateway
  • Serial numbers: Catalyst and Meraki
  • Historic gadget information and consumer utilization information
  • The present firmware model on the swap

Swap port visibility

My private favourite half in regards to the Meraki dashboard, in case you haven’t observed, is the convenience of use. And my favourite half in regards to the switches is you may really click on on the swap port you need to view. This has been one among my favourite issues to point out people stay at commerce reveals.

Cloud-monitored Catalyst switch ports
Determine 4. Cloud-monitored Catalyst swap ports

Let’s select that enjoyable little uplink port over there, quantity 24. By clicking into that port you may view configurations (once more, no edit on Catalyst switches) and see standing objects like connectivity, utilization, site visitors, CDP/LLDP, and PoE utilization. You may also do issues like cycle a port, mass cycle ports, run a MAC forwarding desk, or just ping an IP. I’ve heard from prospects that these previous couple of objects are a reasonably large deal and make their lives a ton simpler.

Community topology—the massive image

Final, however actually not least, we’re going to return again full circle to the theme of the “huge image” and visualization. The community topology view contained in the Meraki dashboard is such a robust instrument. If we comply with the identical swap right here, we will see it in yellow on the far proper. We will additionally see and click on into the remainder of the community infrastructure from this topology view and see any monitored Catalyst 9000 gadgets and managed Meraki gadgets, in addition to CW entry factors.

Whole network topology
Determine 5. Entire community topology

Whereas it’s been enjoyable to stroll you thru a cloud-monitored Catalyst 9000 swap and provides a high-level overview of the Meraki dashboard, let’s not overlook why we’re right here. Visualizing your community infrastructure from a single dashboard might be probably the most highly effective instruments to have in your equipment and a very easy and quick option to present quick worth.

If you happen to’re prepared now—nice! Right here’s our getting began information. If you happen to’re nonetheless exploring, take a look at our on-demand #CiscoChat the place I and a few colleagues focus on all issues cloud monitoring at present and what’s coming subsequent.

Additionally, examine again in a month for my subsequent weblog. We’ll be overlaying community troubleshooting.


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