ECSM2: Engineering Cisco Meraki Solutions 2

Elevate your Cisco Meraki technical knowledge and skills with this three-day, instructor-led training! In this advanced technical training course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to plan, design, implement, and operate complex Cisco Meraki solutions. This is the second of two courses that will prepare you to take the Cisco Meraki Solutions Specialist certification exam.

Audience

This course is ideal for those who regularly deploy or manage Meraki networks and want to deepen their technical expertise and understanding of the full Meraki product suite and features.

Prerequisites

Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Completed ECMS1 or CMNO (Cisco Meraki Network Operator), or possess equivalent Meraki knowledge and experience
  • Be CCNA-certified or have an equivalent level of technical expertise
  • Be employed by Cisco Systems, a Meraki partner, or a Meraki customer

Course objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Plan for network deployments and integrations using the Meraki platform
  • Design Meraki architectures for redundancy, high-density, and scalability
  • Implement comprehensive Meraki product features to meet design objectives
  • Operate Meraki networks and troubleshoot complex network incidents using the Meraki Dashboard and analytics

Course content

Planning new Meraki architectures and expanding existing deployments
Identify optimal Meraki networks architectures (organization/network sizing and limitations)
Plan for and complete license renewals through the Dashboard

Designing for scalable management and high availability
Design Meraki organization administrative structure using tags (network and device tags)
Design highly available and redundant networks through the use of MX warm-spare and MS physical stacking technology
Design high density wireless networks (access point calculations and SSID configurations)

Automation and scaling Meraki deployments
Utilize SAML for scalable role-based access control
Explain the capabilities and limitations of Templates and Network Cloning
Explain and identify ideal use cases for the Dashboard API

Routing design and practices on the Meraki platform
Design proper static and dynamic routing topologies based on network needs
Explain dynamic routing capabilities on the MX appliance platform
Explain dynamic routing capabilities on the MS switch platform
Configure OSPF across the network as the dynamic routing protocol
Leverage BGP to expand networks and improve WAN performance

QoS and traffic shaping design
Identify the configurable quality of service (QoS) mechanisms across the LAN and WLAN
Prepare for VoIP and video traffic using class of service (CoS), DSCP tags, and wireless traffic shaping
Configure policy and performance-based routing on the MX appliance platform

Architecting VPN and WAN topologies
Design highly scalable VPN architectures (full mesh, hub-and-spoke)
Explain the underlying mechanisms of Meraki Auto VPN (VPN registry, UDP hold punching)
Explain the fundamentals of Meraki SD-WAN and its processing algorithm
Design Meraki SD-WAN architecture with performance-based routing
Extend networks and services into the public cloud (Azure and AWS)

Securing the network with Advanced Security features
Explain the default traffic flow and layer 3/layer 7 rules processing order of the MX appliance platform
Identify the security intelligence engines and definition databases the MX appliance platform leverages for network protection services (Cisco AMP, Threat Grid, Snort)
Identify and enable content filtering at various levels for desired traffic refinement

Switched network concepts and practices
Prepare access policies (802.1x) using Meraki authentication
Properly utilize templates, cloning, and switch profiles
Design guest access for LAN/WLAN utilizing Meraki best practices

Wireless concepts and practices
Configure Dashboard maps and floor plans
Formulate RF profiles to prepare for challenging/variable RF deployments
Configure WLAN access control options based on design requirements
Enable the network for Bluetooth scanning and BLE beaconing
Utilize Air Marshal for intrusion detection and mitigation

Endpoint management concepts and practices
Explain the different device enrollment and profile deployment methods
Design a native containerization strategy to separate work from personal data on endpoints
Identify and implement various application deployment methods
Assemble and implement security policies which cater to various restriction requirements
Construct a network deployment that leverages SM Sentry

Physical security concepts and practices
Explain the MV platform’s edge architecture and underlying video delivery mechanism (local vs. remote video access)
Design a retention policy using various local or cloud-based storage strategies
Configure MV cameras for wireless deployments
Explain and demonstrate how to effectively utilize advanced analytics and MV camera APIs

Gaining additional network insight through application monitoring
Explain how Meraki Insight is able to provide network assurance through the use of performance metrics and scores
Qualify and properly size Meraki Insight licenses
Configure, monitor, and track predefined and custom web application thresholds

Preparing and setting up monitoring, logging, and alerting services
Explain Dashboard’s integrated historical log databases (event vs. change logs) to be leveraged for effective activity analysis
Identify the various monitoring tools within Dashboard (native analytics, Topology)
Demonstrate effective network-wide alerting best practices
Utilize the Dashboard API to monitor and maintain Meraki networks

Setting up Dashboard reporting and auditing capabilities
Generate and interpret on-demand or recurring Summary Reports for key performance metrics
Track and manage firmware releases and prepare for staged upgrades
Recommend proper actions to meet PCI DSS (2.0 and 3.0) compliance

Gaining visibility and resolving issues using Meraki features and built-in troubleshooting tools
Interpret event and change logs to troubleshoot client and network issues
Classify and compare security threats via the Security Center
Assess wireless intrusions, failures, and network access issues through Dashboard’s RF tools (Wireless Health, Air Marshal)
Assess root cause of application performance issues with Meraki Insight
Explain the detailed VPN tunnel information and the VPN Registry found on the VPN Status page
Utilize the Local Status Page as an alternate connectivity method to perform local troubleshooting

Certification

This course, together with ECSM1, will prepare you for exam 500-220: Engineering Cisco Meraki Solutions (ECMS)

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