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  • Cisco Catalyst migration to Meraki dashboard

    Design & Configure

    Cisco Catalyst migration to Meraki dashboard

    Technology: Switching

    Vendor: Cisco

    Software: IOS-XE 17.3.1-17.9.2.

    Platforms: Catalyst Switches Serie 9200, 9200L, 9300, 9300L, 9300X, 9500.


    Preparing the Meraki dashboard (pre-check)

    1. Check if you have access to the Meraki dashboard. You can register for free, instructions here.
    2. Obtain an API key from your existing dashboard. First, check that “Dashboard API Access” is checked in the Organization -> Settings section. If it is not, select it and save your changes. Then, in the My profile section, generate a new API key (only works for accounts with full admin permission).
    3. You must be able to connect to and via TCP port 443. It is recommended to disable HTTPS traffic inspection during migration. Any form of tampering with certificates may cause the process to fail.
    4. If you still need to configure the dashboard, add a new “switch” or “combined” network (note: the “combined” network should include the “switch” network). Information on how to do this can be found here.
    5. Download and install the migration application from the Meraki dashboard (Network wide -> Add Devices).
      Konfiguracja Cisco Catalyst w Meraki Dashboard by Grandmetric

    Switch preparation (pre-check)

    1. Connect the switch to the Internet via the front port (not the management interface!).
    2. Provide SSH access to the switch from the computer you will be migrating from.
    3. Start ip routing. The default gateway set with the ip default-gateway command is not supported during migration!
    4. Start AAA mode with the aaa new-model command.
    5. Make sure you have level 15 clearance
    6. Make sure you have a DNS server configured that can resolve the FQDN (for the European area). You can add it with the command ip name-server [DNS server IP address].
    7. Start name resolution with the ip domain lookup command.
    8. Make sure you have the correct time and date set on the switch and the NTP server configured. You can add it with the command ntp server [NTP server IP address]. You can check the correctness of the time and date with the show clock command.
    9. Back up your switch configuration before starting the migration process.


    Step-by step migration

    1. Run the application. After accepting the regulations, we start by providing the previously generated API key. 
    2. Go through the onboarding process.
    Onboarding przełącznika Cisco w dashboardzie Meraki by Grandmetric

    3. Check the configuration with the Start pre-check button. If the switch, dashboard and computer have been prepared correctly, the test should pass.

    Dashboard Meraki - Jak przypisać przełącznik do sieci?

    4. Assign the migrated switch to the network previously prepared in the Meraki dashboard.

    5. Confirm migration.

    Jak skonfigurować przełącznik w Meraki Dashboard by Grandmetric

    The dashboard needs about 3-5 minutes to complete the operation. A clear message will inform you about the success of the process. Once you see it, you can add additional devices.

    Dodawanie przełącznika do dashboardu Meraki by Grandmetric
    Correct device migration


    Result of Cisco Catalyst migration to Meraki dashboard

    The switch is visible in the dashboard.

    Now you can log into the switch’s CLI and make changes to it. If you want to remove a switch from the dashboard, you select it and select the Remove from Network option.
    Usunięcie przełącznika z dashboardu Meraki by Grandmetric
    Szerszy opis migracji znajdziesz na naszym blogu Tu znajdziesz case study z wykorzystaniem przełączników i AP Meraki w magazynie wysokiego składowania. Jeśli potrzebujesz wsparcia w konfiguracji Cisco w Twojej organizacji, skontaktuj się z naszymi inżynierami


    A more detailed description of the migration can be found on our blog.

    Find a case study using Meraki switches and APs in a high-bay warehouse.

    If you need support in configuring Cisco in your organization, don’t hesitate to order a free consultation.

    Author: Karol Goliszewski