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Switch Cloning

This article describes what configuration settings will be cloned when using the Clone feature in Meraki Dashboard. This powerful tool is perfect for both one-to-one and one-to-many configuration cloning.

 

Switch cloning is designed to copy port-level, and some switch-level configuration settings from a source switch to another. With the exception of cloning MS210 configurations to MS225 or MS250, cloning requires the source and destination switches to be the same model. In all cases, cloning requires the source and destination switches to have the same port density. 

If the switches you are cloning are connected, the configuration will immediately take effect

How to clone

The switch cloning process copies configurations from one source switch to one or more target switches. In the example screenshots below, Switch 1 is the source, Switch 2 is the target.

 

  1. Navigate to Switch > Switches and place a checkbox next to your target switch (or switches). 

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  1. Select 'Edit', then 'Clone...'. 

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  1. Select the switch you want your targets to look like. 

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  1. Select 'Clone' to copy configurations from the source to the targets. 

Switch-level configuration

STP Bridge priority (Configure > Switch settings)

Port Mirroring (Configure > Switch settings)

Port-level configuration

The following settings will be cloned from the source switch to the destination switch:
  • Port Name
  • Port Tags
  • Interface state
  • Spanning tree
  • STP guard / BPDU guard
  • PoE
  • Link 
  • Port schedules (access only)
  • Interface Type
  • Access policy (access only)
  • MAC whitelist (access only)
  • Whitelisted MACs (access only)
  • Sticky MAC whitelist (access only)
  • Whitelist size limit  (access only)
  • VLANs (trunk only)
  • Voice VLAN (access only)
  • Allowed VLAN (trunk only)

 

Note that if cloning a non-PoE switch to a PoE switch, the PoE state of 'disabled' will be applied to the clone destination

Switch Networks Bound to Templates

Switch networks bound to templates will not be able to clone using the Clone tool mentioned above. The correct way to duplicate switch configurations is using the Bind to profile tool, which is explained in our Switch Templates Deployment Guide.

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