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Cisco Meraki recently introduced the MG series Cellular Gateways to be a reliable solution as a backup internet uplink. In the event that the primary internet uplink goes down, the MG gateway will provide high availability for internet connectivity via wireless WAN connectivity using a cellular network. The MG Series also simplifies configuration and management using Meraki’s dashboard.

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Sometimes it is faster to just re-image the firepower module than to go through the step-by-step upgrade process where you must upgrade to the next release and then apply the all the updates. If the module is several releases behind than this process must be repeated several times.   Luckily, in certain scenarios this can be avoided by just re-imaging to the latest Cisco recommended release.  ...

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May 20
FTD FlexConfig
Posted by Rick Wong

With the FTDs being managed by FMC everything is now configured via GUI. There is no longer the option of configuring via CLI like the ASAs. You can still access the CLI but Cisco does not officially support configuration using the CLI. Obviously, there are pros and cons to this. You no long need to remember syntax and which command does what. You just need to know how to navigate the GUI menus...

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Aug 2

 

Platform requirements

The migration tool requires the following to run:

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Nov 13
Meraki SD-WAN
Posted by Rick Wong

If you have Meraki MX security appliances chances are that you have seen the SD-WAN & traffic shaping option in the Meraki dashboard menu.   Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) can dynamically optimize your WAN without having to make manual adjustments when network conditions change.  In a network with redundant uplinks if one uplink becomes degraded, SD-WAN allows the network to dynamically select the...

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Introduction

Recently, I have been working to upgrade Cisco network devices, mainly routers and switches, for a client.   A recent network audit identified fragmentation in the IOSes and also security advisories.  As a result, all the routers and switches required upgrades and it was a good opportunity for the client to standardize the IOSes for the different type of network devices in the...

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IOS XE supported switches such as the 3850 and 3650 support two modes, Bundle mode and Install mode.   New switches, by default, are shipped with install mode.   If you never paid attention during an IOS XE upgrade on a switch you may have just copy the IOS XE image to flash and set the system boot variable to boot from the new IOS using the command below:

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Feb 27
Mobility Express
Posted by Rick Wong

A few months of ago I was asked to help bring up a branch site for one of LookingPoint’s clients.   This was unscheduled work and it was the first time I encountered Cisco’s Mobility Express.   My previous projects have been enterprise deployments either using the traditional WLC or Meraki’s cloud managed APs.   With Mobility Express, Cisco allows an AP to run as a wireless controller.   ...

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