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    Patch Panel Management

    Hi all.

    I really want to rethink the way i have the documentation for patch panels and switch configs.

    Does anyone knows of any good software, or have any templates or suggestions?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Hi all.

    I really want to rethink the way i have the documentation for patch panels and switch configs.

    Does anyone knows of any good software, or have any templates or suggestions?

    thanks
    You could maybe try and do it in Visio, how are you currently doing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobiasclarity View Post
    You could maybe try and do it in Visio, how are you currently doing it?
    Good old excel . Might give Visio a whirl actually been playing with it lately

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Good old excel . Might give Visio a whirl actually been playing with it lately
    I did a quick google search just to confirm what i thought but there are actually some good templates for it as well you can get

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    Could you post a link to a couple of templates please?

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    gliffy seems pretty good for network diagrams,

    As for patch panels my preferred method is

    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    etc

    you can then use 0.25 or 0.3m cables to connect it all up.

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    Coloured patch cables matching your documentation can certainly help also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    gliffy seems pretty good for network diagrams,

    As for patch panels my preferred method is

    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    etc

    you can then use 0.25 or 0.3m cables to connect it all up.
    Ditto to this - it makes it a lot easier to manage and much tidier.

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    We dump switch configs to the wiki and annotate where it's not obvious why something is a certain way, or the config doesn't have the ability to give human-readable "names*" to interfaces/trunks/whatever.

    i.e "iDRAC SERVERNAME IPADDRESS" or "R25 Uplink"

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    gliffy seems pretty good for network diagrams,

    As for patch panels my preferred method is

    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    patch panel
    48 port switch
    patch panel
    etc

    you can then use 0.25 or 0.3m cables to connect it all up.
    That's my preferred method also, though I often use 24 port switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjatkn View Post
    That's my preferred method also, though I often use 24 port switches.
    Granted, it depends on the density obviously for an IT suite where all ports are patched then a 48 port, if its an office area where say 1 in 5 are patched then 24 port.

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    We are in the midst of a thorough LAN ID discovery. Using a Fluke device to discover data point to switch connectivity, we've found that a simple spreadsheet, detailing Device/Data Point/Location/Switch Port/Patch Panel Port/LAN-VLAN works a treat. We have one sheet containing the full list, and then a separate sheet for every switch.

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