Managing firmware doesn't have to be complex; Cisco Meraki continues to find ways to improve reliability and decrease network downtime.
IntroductionAt Interlaced, we strive every day to make IT management processes easier and less stressful for our clients. This also extends to firmware management, where we strive to find the perfect balance between control and automation so that you will have peace of mind knowing that your macOS and iOS device fleet is current with the most recent security patches, features, and updates.
New Meraki Dashboard Capabilities: Three exciting new featuresWhile most of our clients find the process easy and intuitive, some have voiced concerns over issues of flexibility and transparency within the Cisco Meraki framework. To this end, we would like to outline some of the capabilities you can find in the newly updated Meraki dashboard that provide solutions to problems that were evidently of concern to the wider community of Meraki users. In the new dashboard configuration, IT admins will have more control and deeper visibility of the firmware update process without the worry of compromising the reliability of the update engine. The first thing you’ll notice in the updated Meraki dashboard is a new configuration of the Firmware Upgrades page. You’ll begin, as always, by accessing your Overview, where you will be able to see all of your recent updates, any scheduled or pending updates, and a complete list of current stable code versions for each and every product in their line, along with complete details for each new patch version. The next thing you’ll see is that you’ll be able to roll back to the previous firmware version within 14 days of a new update. This will return all devices on the network to the version that was most recently in effect prior to your last update. This, in effect, allows IT admins to respond more quickly to issues that may have been caused by the new firmware update, even if the devices with firmware issues are grouped with others in your deployment scheme. Clicking on “All Networks” gives you a complete, sortable catalog of every network in your company and their individual firmware versions. You will then be able to update each network to “release candidate” (a firmware version still in testing prior to being deemed stable), “latest beta version” (self-explanatory), or “latest stable firmware version”.
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