[How-to]Enhance Enterprise Network Management with the Cisco Meraki and AssetSonar Integration

[How-to]Enhance Enterprise Network Management with the Cisco Meraki and AssetSonar Integration

Cisco Meraki is a market leading cloud-managed networking solution that allows organizations to administer and manage configurations, and helps monitor network infrastructure remotely. Its seamless integration with AssetSonar aims to save time and improve efficiency by providing real-time visibility and control over network-connected devices.

It enables IT teams to import IT assets– mainly computer devices, and mobile and network devices– into AssetSonar. So, you can track and manage these devices, run company-wide reports, and streamline workflows.

1. Benefits of Cisco Meraki integration

Our integration with Cisco Meraki benefits network administrators, IT professionals, and system administrators across a wide range of industries including healthcare organizations, SMBs, and distributed enterprises. Here is how this integration can benefit your organization:

  • Helps IT teams gain a 360 degree view by bringing all software, hardware, and network assets together in one place.
  • Improves asset management, reduces asset redundancy, and optimizes asset utilization
  • Streamlines IT workflows by automating several manual tasks, such as device discovery and asset tracking.
  • Helps IT teams ensure all network assets comply with the organization’s IT policies and regulations.
  • Saves time by importing a list of all network and mobile devices into AssetSonar leading to improved productivity, accuracy & efficiency.
  • Enables IT teams to track and manage all network devices on a centralized platform.

2. Enabling Cisco Meraki integration

To enable the integration, follow the pathway: Settings → Add Ons → Cisco Meraki Integration and select ‘Enabled’.

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Once enabled, you’ll be able to view more settings that require you to select items that you want to import through this integration.

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From these additional settings, you can either choose to import all organizations and networks or you can select certain organizations and certain networks within them. Within one organization, there can be multiple networks. You can create multiple organizations from within your Cisco Meraki account.

One example of such a scenario would be for a company to have multiple locations and multiple floors and offices at one location. Different locations can serve as organizations while further compartmentalization (building floors) can be categorized as Networks.

If you don’t want to bring in all organizations, choose the ‘Selected Organizations and Networks’ option and you’ll see a list of organizations on your database. You can select the ones you want to import and they will appear in the right hand column. Here is what it looks like:

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Once you have selected the organizations you want to import into AssetSonar, you can further drill down to specific networks. A new dropdown will appear from where you get the option to choose multiple or all networks from an organization. Click on ‘Get Networks’ to get a list of networks listed in a particular organization. Once populated, you’ll be able to select relevant networks in one organization.

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Choosing networks is a similar process to choosing an organization. A list of selected networks will appear in the right hand table as shown above.

Although the Cisco Meraki integration is primarily for network devices, you can also bring in IT devices and other mobile devices through the integration. Check the relevant box in the setting and hit ‘Update’.

3. Viewing network assets

From the Assets detail page, filter the devices by network assets to view the assets brought in through the Cisco Meraki integration. Click on the relevant asset detail page and you’ll be able to view the last sync date and the last Meraki sync date. Here is what they stand for:

  • Last sync date: The date of the last sync between Meraki and AssetSonar
  • Last Meraki sync date: The date of the last sync between Meraki and relevant network devices
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From the System Details page, you’ll be able to view the device type, model no., network, organization name, and other relevant information. Here is a snippet of the information that gets imported via the Cisco Meraki integration.

Viewing network assets 2
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