Shutdown thousands access ports with Python and Netmiko

Shutdown thousands of network access ports with Python and Netmiko

When people ask me “what a network engineer should do to start in network automation?”, my first answer is: start with small things. Try to automate basic and repetitive tasks you do every day. Go after the low-hanging fruits first. Then, step by step, you can do more and more complex things. This is how I learn the best. In the same vein, I want to share with you my recent experience of automating a very basic and repetitive task: shutdown thousands of unused network access ports.

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Cisco Flexible Netflow configuration

Netflow

Recently, a customer called me to configure Netflow on these routers because he just installed NetFlow Analyzer software from ManageEngine. This software is an “all in one” NetFlow collector, database, WebUI software, able to build pretty nice reports. In my opinion, Netflow is one of the absolutely required software to have a good visibility when you operate a network.

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Extending the LAN with a Meraki wireless mesh link

Meraki_Wireless-Bridge

Cisco Meraki access-points can operate as mesh repeaters, which allows them to extend the wireless network range. Since repeaters also support wired clients plugged into their wired interface, a repeater can be used to bridge a remote LAN segment back to the main network. This article explains how the LAN can be extended via a wireless bridge, including limitations and requirements. There are 3 supported designs for extending the LAN via wireless mesh.

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Building a LACP port-channel between Cisco and Huawei switch

Huawei-Cisco-trunk_topology

Configuring a LACP link aggregation, EtherChannel, or port-channel, or Eth-trunk between Huawei and Cisco switch is something very common. But since the configuration syntax between the two vendors is different, it can be confusing. In this article, I will show how to configure a LACP port-channel – called Eth-trunk on Huawei – properly between a Cisco catalyst switch running IOS or IOS-XE and a Huawei switch, model 6700 in this case.

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How to add a switch to an existing Cisco C2960X stack without breaking everything

A Cisco C2960X stack can have up to 8 members, however there is only one master on the stack. Adding a switch to the stack without taking a few precautions can have disastrous consequences. Prerequisites First, all stack members must run the same Cisco IOS software image. The same means also the same feature-set. Then, not all software images are able to be part of a stack: Stacking is not supported on switches running the LAN Lite image. And finally, can we mix different C2960 series? Yes all C2960X models are…

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