AlertOps and Meraki

AlertOps’ alert management system can be integrated with Meraki to receive and respond to all (predefined status mappings) alerts through email, SMS, push notification or phone alerts. AlertOps would ensure that the alert/job status would reach the appropriate team by using proper workflows, escalation policies and schedules. Based on your ruleset, incidents can be automatically opened and closed, depending on what event Meraki alerts.

The above scenario and scope for integration is due to the fact that AlertOps has a very flexible and simple API/Webhook configuration feature that can be leveraged with Meraki's alerting and notification capabilities.

AlertOps - Inbound Integration

We can define rulesets in AlertOps so that Meraki can send out network-wide event alerts to the AlertOps platform. AlertOps would ensure based on these notifications received, that it would always reach out and assign to the correct person/team by utilizing its escalation policies, schedules, and workflow features.

AlertOps provides Inbound Integrations to integrate with numerous monitoring, chat and ITSM tools. You can configure an inbound integration for Meraki.

At a high level this is how the flow looks like, you define an API integration in the AlertOps platform by defining settings like Integration Name, Escalation rules, recipient users/groups. Once an integration is defined, a unique API URL is generated. This acts as webhook or the gateway through which notifications from Meraki reach AlertOps and thus an incident/alert is created correspondingly. The API can be defined with various settings like URL mappings, filters, escalations etc. as required. Meraki has to configured with network-wide alerts and a webhook recipient for events.

To configure an Inbound Integration in AlertOps to receive alerts from Meraki,

  • Under 'Integrations' select 'Inbound Integrations', select the category 'API' and then select add 'Add API Integration'

  • There are numerous integration options available in AlertOps, select Meraki

  • Once you select the integration, you can then specify basic settings like the integration name, escalation policy, names of the recipients/groups for which the alerts must be assigned to.

  • Once you click save, the API Integration will be created, and you will be given a unique URL which acts as the access point and needs to be configured at the source (in this case Meraki), to send alerts. You can find the integration you just created, and you can give advanced settings and define various configurations for the alerts to be received and processed. For example, you can define when to open and close alerts based on the payload obtained from the API call, filters etc.

  • Make a note of the API URL, which will be used in Meraki, so it calls a HTTP POST request to this URL with the body in JSON format containing the alert specific information. AlertOps automatically creates an alert when the status variable (alertLevel) contains 'warning' or 'critical'. The incident will also be closed automatically when the status 'informational' is received from Meraki.

  • This mapping is specific to most network-wide events in Meraki. It is of course customizable for any alert template that you would define.

  • You can similarly define URL mappings as you want, owing to the flexibility provided by AlertOps’ OpenAPI/Plug-and-Play integrations. You can provide other filters and match with regex expressions as well. You can also test the generated URL with the sample data provided.

Configuration in Meraki for the Integration

  • In you Cisco Meraki Dashboard, in the left navigation pane, under 'Network-Wide' and 'Configure' select 'Alerts'

  • Find the 'Webhooks' section and select 'Add an HTTP Server'

  • Give a name, and under URL paste the AlertOps Inbound Integration API URL.

  • Select Payload Template as 'Meraki(Included)'

  • You can test the webhook if you wish to.

  • Once you add the webhook server, make sure that when you configure alerts for the events, the Webhook for AlertOps is added as a recipient. If you want to be notified of all events, you can add the webhook under Default Recipients.

Thats it! You have configured a webhook recipient for network-wide Meraki alerts. Any event alert will be sent to AlertOps for incident management.

Message logs, alert specific information can be viewed in the “Inbound Log” section in AlertOps Dashboard. Alerts can be viewed in the ‘Alerts’ tab as well.

Alert Triggering Information:

AlertOps will automatically create an incident when a new alert is received from Meraki when the alertLevel field contains "warning" or "critical".

If an alert with status "warning" or "critical" matches an existing Open Alert, AlertOps will recognize the new alert as a duplicate and ignore the alert.

The alert will be recorded in the Inbound Messages table as “Mapped Appended.”

AlertOps will automatically close the same incident when an alert with alertLevel contains "informational".

References

AlertOps Integration Guides

General Restful API Guide

Cisco Meraki Webhook Developer Guide for payloads/custom templates

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