Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

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Sadamali
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Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking. Physical stacking is not available. I didn't see the option to do the virtual stacking.

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UCcert
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Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

Hi @Sadamali ,

 

https://documentation.meraki.com/MS/Stacking/Switch_Stacks

 

Virtual stacking simply means you can push out templated configuration out to multiple switches. It doesn’t  actually mean it’ll create a switch stack.

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenoconnor/

I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.

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UCcert
Kind of a big deal

Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

Hi @Sadamali ,

 

https://documentation.meraki.com/MS/Stacking/Switch_Stacks

 

Virtual stacking simply means you can push out templated configuration out to multiple switches. It doesn’t  actually mean it’ll create a switch stack.

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenoconnor/

I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.

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Allenandrews
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Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

What do you mean by virtual stacking?

KRobert
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Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

As @UCcert mentioned, virtual stacking isn't really stacking. It is a play on words for the dashboard. If you have multiple switches in a network, and go to Switch-> Switch Ports in your dashboard, you'll see all your ports from all of the switches together. This is similar to how a stacked set of catalyst switches would look like if you did a "show interface status" command. From there you select multiple ports from different switches and make modifications for them from the dashboard in one area. Virtual stacking "virtually" stacks all of the ports in the dashboard together, but the switches are still entirely independent from one another.

Hope this helps!
CMNO, CCNA R+S
Inderdeep
Head in the Cloud

Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

The purpose of the virtual stacking is to have one control plane for two switches, in case you have one switch down, other switch is ready to control. Make a note that both have its own data plane, so the straight answer is 

2 switches in stacks= 1 control plane and 2 data plane (one switch is master and the other is slave, if one goes down, other will take over and make himself master) and the purpose is redundancy

Important thing that the virtual stack will be anywhere in the network while physical stacking will be placed together

https://meraki.cisco.com/blog/2012/05/virtual-stacking-the-missing-link-in-enterprise-switch-managem...

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Inderdeep Singh
www.thenetworkdna.com
GIdenJoe
Head in the Cloud

Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

Don't take the term "virtual stacking" too literal.

It is actually a marketing term for the feature that lists all your switchports from a dashboard network on one page, nothing more.

 

It does open the abilities to config ports over multiple switches in one go by using the correct filters.

 

The term virtual stacking should NOT be mistaken for flexible stacking which is the term you believe the MS125 should be able to do, but it does not support any kind of real stacking.

 

Flexible stacking is the term used to modify normal ports to stackports.

 

The only switch in the Meraki portfolio that supports flexible stacking is the MS425 aggregation switch.

KRobert
Head in the Cloud

Re: Meraki MS125-48 unable to do the virtual stacking

The link @UCcert provided first has a nice chart of what MS models support what kind of stacking.
https://documentation.meraki.com/MS/Stacking/Switch_Stacks
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