3 Days

Course Description:

In this advanced technical training course, you’ll learn how to plan for optimal cloud-based and hybrid network deployments and integrations using the Cisco Meraki full-stack product portfolio and Cisco on-premise managed solutions like the ISR and Catalyst products. Through practical hands-on instruction and experience, you will learn best practices for the deployment of Meraki and hybrid solutions, and be able to configure, optimize, and troubleshoot Meraki cloud-based and hybrid networks using the Meraki Dashboard and analytics as well as third-party tools. more.


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.

This course is ideal for those responsible for integrating with and migrating from Cisco on-premise managed networks to Cisco Meraki cloud-managed networks. This course is also aligned with those who regularly deploy manage and optimize Meraki networks and want to deepen their technical expertise in Cisco Meraki full-stack environments:

  • Field deployment technicians
  • Network administrators
  • Help Desk Technicians
  • Pre-/Post-sales engineers
  • Service provider engineers
  • Systems Engineer
  • Field Engineers
  • IT professionals


Before enrolling in the course, it is highly recommended that you attend CCNA and ECMS1 PRIOR to attending this course if you are new to Meraki products. If you have hands-on Meraki experience, ECMS2 is the recommended prerequisite. You should also have an understanding of Cisco IOS, and CLI-based configuration techniques.

Cisco IOS knowledge:

  • Navigate the different command levels of CLI configuration
  • Configure network services, NAT, routing, spanning tree, and link aggregation
  • Use show commands to understand the current operation
  • Use debug commands to explore the low-level operation

Meraki knowledge:

  • Implement core configurations for a full stack solution in the Meraki Dashboard
  • Deploy foundational Meraki product features to meet basic IT requirements
  • Understand and leverage essential Meraki Dashboard tools for troubleshooting

Training Objectives:

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Design best practices into your current or planed hybrid network deployment utilizing Meraki-cloud-managed and Cisco on-premise managed solutions
  • Implement comprehensive Meraki product features to meet design objectives
  • Optimize existing Meraki and hybrid networks for performance and stability
  • Troubleshoot complex network incidents using the Meraki Dashboard and analytics and third-party tools
  • Migrate from a hybrid network deployment to a cloud-managed Meraki network

Course Outline:


  • Front Matter
  • Course Overview/Schedule
  • Student Introductions

Best Practices for Meraki Networks

  • Hybrid Deployment Network Design
  • MX networking best practices
  • MX security best practices
  • MX VPN best practices
  • MS L2 best practices
  • MS L3 best practices
  • MR wireless best practices
  • MV video best practices
  • MT IoT best practices
  • Hybrid Cisco / Meraki best practices
  • AWS integration
  • MX AD/LDAP Integration best practices

Packet Capture in Cisco/Meraki Networks

  • Meraki packet capture
  • Endpoint packet capture
  • Performing a packet capture
  • Capturing traffic on multiple interfaces
  • Packet analysis with third-party tools

Optimizing Cisco/Meraki Hybrid Wired Networks

  • Compatibility Overview
  • Optimization Opportunities
  • Optimizing Layer 2 Functionality
  • Optimizing Layer 3 Functionality

Troubleshooting Cisco/Meraki Wireless Networks

  • Compatibility Overview
  • Optimization Opportunities
  • Optimizing Access Point Functionality
  • Optimizing Wireless Client Functionality

Optimizing Cisco/Meraki Security

  • Compatibility Overview
  • Optimization Opportunities
  • Optimizing Adaptive Policies
  • Optimizing Group Policies
  • Optimizing Firewall Services
  • Optimizing Traffic Shaping / Content Filtering
  • Optimizing Authentication / Access
  • Optimizing Site to Site VPN
  • Optimizing Client VPN
  • Optimizing SD-WAN

Working with Cisco Meraki Support

  • Meraki Cloud Architecture
  • Applying Meraki Licenses
  • Case Management
  • RMA Process
  • Firmware Release Cycle
  • Enable Custom Features
  • Meraki Marketplace


  • Discovery – Configure Cisco Enterprise Networking
  • Discovery – Integrate Meraki switching into a Cisco Enterprise network
  • Discovery – Capture and analyze network packets
  • Discovery – Optimize Layer 2
  • Discovery – Optimize Layer 3
  • Discovery – Optimize Network Services
  • Discovery – Optimize Wireless Access Points
  • Discovery – Optimize Wireless Clients
  • Discovery – Optimize Security and VPN
  • Discovery – Complete Migration from Cisco Enterprise to Meraki networking