Last year, in our 2018 Network Resolutions contest, this community aspired to install new gear, clean up crazy cables (see photo), get Meraki certified, and even to learn the Meraki API by creating an automated cat door. I know that the cat door project, at least, was completed! (here's the code).
Now it's a new year and time for new resolutions.
Tell us your 2019 New Year’s Network Resolutions. Three lucky winners will receive some fun Meraki swag!
Tell us your Network Resolutions in a comment on this blog post before 12:00pm PST on Thursday (January 10).
We'll select three entries at random to win a Meraki umbrella — it's a nifty two-layer inverted model, perfect for windy days. (UPDATE: The contest is closed, and the winners have been announced!)
Good Luck! 🎉 🎇 🎆 🌟
Here's a checklist:
Learn programming somehow to make use of the Dashboard API to make my life easier ... 😉
I do not usually hold with new years resolutions - I am more a fan of "if you want to change something, change it - instead of waiting for some arbitrary date to do it..."
But here goes:
Bar the last paragraph I think this list applies to many out there... 😉
Here's my starting list - subject to change at any time - usually about a week after starting.
My aims are:
Here are my new years resolutions:
1. Take over the world with Meraki, no in fact standardise and refresh our network stack with Meraki.
2. Learn more about Meraki insights.
3. I would love to get an MV for free to test as we have CCTV but a more basic solution.
4. Move our infrastructure to Azure.
5. Replace our telephony.
6. Do more You tube videos..!
7. Introduce flexible working.
That will do for starter for 10.
I want to get 10 more remote users onto Teleworker Gateways (Z3s).
I need to move away from troubleshooting VPN software issues that are caused by operating systems and NIC drivers.
I'm working as an external engineer and I've got a really interessting project starting right now.
1. try to win this Meraki Umbrella
2. try out the MV cameras
3. play around with Meraki Insight
4. deploy more SD-WAN MXs
5. implement dot1x on Meraki MS
Finally take the training and get Meraki Certification!
My 2019 New Year’s Network Resolutions are:
Here are a few of my goals for this year. I like to approach things the Meraki way and keep things simple.
- Buy and Install new storage
- Update a few branches to new switches
- Get security certified.
- finish swapping out windows 7 desktops with windows 10 encrypted.
- Work on another Cert (Network / Server)
- Watch Marvel movies at Theater
- Print off and test new 3d printer filament (Brass / Carbon Fiber)
- Eat better
- Finish 2 tattoos.
Finally take the training and get Meraki CMNO Certification!
Here goes nothing.............
I'm with @NPBN's philosophy on New Year's resolutions... But goals for this year for me would be:
(*) subject to available period of time when silly PCs don't break down for long enough to allow said work to occur... this is rare.
Apparently my goal this year is to move ALL our servers up to Azure, because the cloud makes all worries go away and will instantly solve all of our problems (according to upper management).
My resolution is to be prepared to fix issues that arise and swiftly pass the blame on to those above me in non-IT roles when things don't work out.
Luckily all our sites are set up with MX-84 HA pairs, we jumped on the SD-[b]WAN[dwagon] a couple years back and the vMX is functioning already in Azure, so we have a solid base.
2019 Network Resolutions
- Create cleaner lab setups when providing trainings
- Review network fundamentals (CCNA, CCNP)
- Continue studying Meraki networking technology
I have a few small projects coming up, but beyond that lets be honest, with Meraki alerting enabled there's no need to babysit the network. I guess that leaves me with one real resolution - Sit back, relax, and put on some Meraki swag!
I aim to get my CCNA
to become a platinum reseller for Meraki
to become cissp certified
to get cisco cyber secirity certified
gotta visit the Meraki Headquarters! Also add flash to storage...
Do all the projects on the table and get burned out by July. I will take my umbrella now, thanks.
My New Years' resolutions are to:
- Actually play a round of golf this year
- Replace my MX60 with something faster
- Attend Meraki Bootcamp
I'm not a programmer, nor a web engineer, I am a die hard network engineer. In 2019 I want to deploy and manage my clients via API. I've already started working with, and teaching myself postman, using get API calls to pull information, and put changes. I've been all over create.meraki.io, and developer.cisco.com. I want to soon put these disparate API skills I learned into a full deployment and management set, this will literally reduce my costs for client deployments, and increase revenue on each deployment project. This will also help this dinosaur of a network engineer to freshen my skill set and capabilities.
Obviously with MERAKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My New year resolution includes:
Leveraging Meraki Training and tools for more in depth knowledge of Meraki.
Get my MBA with emphasis in Security.
Get my CISSP certification.
1. When we moved into our new building this past year the data/cabling vendor just mounted our Meraki APs willy nilly and some of them are in less than desirable spots (photos for reference). Some of them are mounted into our concrete ceilings. A project this year for me will be to go around and relocate those APs to areas where they achieve better signal propagation. It won't be easy because I have to deal with the concrete but, I'm confident I can do it 🙂
2. Become a CWNA
3. Dig in more on RF characteristics and math to make troubleshooting wireless networks easier (hopefully)
Well, since we cleaned up the switch racks for the last two years of resolutions while Merakifying our network:
I am resolving to:
1. Complete the Merakification of our switching infrastructure
2. Explore wireless outdoors MV solutions to tough security situations
3. Get better firewall redundancy since it is so easy
4. Better understand System Manager capabilities
2019 New Year’s Meraki Network Resolutions
- doing the CMNO tomorrow
- as we have about 300 MR in stock, get them into our retail stores
- swap the last Cisco routers with Merakis
- doing documentation’s 😓 😞
- get more sleep
- earn more money 😛
Update: Passed CMNO, can recommend it to everybody. Learned something.
My goal is to begin using the templating feature. My plan is to complete building the template and then travel to all of my branches, make the physical changes to the firewalls, deploy the template and then sit back and enjoy how easy it will be to make network and security policy changes to all of my locations.
Simple Network Goal,
Replace a local retail store switch to a new MS350 and add devices to the Dashboard and watch the topology form .
Learn more on the Meraki SD LAN architecture..
Study for my CCNA, and also learn more about Meraki products! 🙂
We have ~160 sites that are full stack Meraki implementations.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to roll out using templates early on because of some limitation on specifying IP schema and other issues. Because of this, we have to clone and existing site and modify. This give us little centralized control for mass deploying changes (especially firewall rules)
This year I hope to migrate to templates for MX appliances.
The goal are to get CMNA certified,
And win a Meraki gnome this year 😉
My Meraki new year resolution - I will not sell or recommend Meraki MX until following features are implemented by Meraki;
So far it's
1} Start deployment of Meraki switches at other branches (all have an MX w/MRs or a Z1) for more in depth management.
2) Try to test out an MV if possible as we need cameras.
3) Use the newly deployed MS's to connect up our new Cisco WebEx Teams phones (two part project - deploy PoE switches and then the PoE phones!).
4) Somewhere fit in more time for the community here.
My Meraki new year goal:
1. setup some Meraki combined networks for the customers
2. Try MX SD-WAN solution
3. Try to become Meraki expert
4. persuade more customers to migrate from catalyst network to meraki
The goal this year is to get the Meraki360 Certification !
1. Consolidate 4 separate MDF's inside 5 million+ square foot of caves into single single MDF with 2 MX250's and install/tie-in fiber using MS410.
2. Wireless survey and deployments to our existing 30+ warehouses
3. Integrate and roll out AD
4. Deploy vMX
5. Setup and launch 10+ more sites this year
6. Take an actual lunch at least once a week
7. Vacation, time permitting
I wish I would have posted something last year, because 2018 was the year to rip and replace all the things! We did a full stack replacement in the fall/early winter after months of planning.
For 2019, I'd like to...
Already pass the CCNA Wireless
soon become CCIE Wireless certified
Try to become Meraki expert
Happy New Year All.
This year started with Meraki Deployment, I have done a Meraki Project for one of our child company in India, Replaced Firewall, Routers and Switches with MX & MS. We are really happy that now its became completely Meraki Workshop in India as well.
2019 will be the year to rip out a lot of old wireless infrastructure and replace with Meraki. Expect to replace gear at around 20 or more branch offices.
The contest is now closed — thanks to everyone for the fun and inspiring responses. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!