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    Network Mapping

    Does anyone have any recommendations for network mapping software which will pick up switches and identify exactly which port a PC is on? I tried TheDude but it only found the PCs which doesn't help much.

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Silly question, but you do have intelligent switches/snmp etc? The Dude won't find 'dumb' switches/hubs...

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    Re: Network Mapping

    No mapping software will find unmanaged switches, but yes, some of ours are managed (it could be its not enabled, of course...)

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    Re: Network Mapping

    did you find any software?

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    Re: Network Mapping

    We currently use NetDISCO

    Found at NetDISCO

    No idea if its free of it costs.... but i know its very powerful!

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    No mapping software will find unmanaged switches, but yes, some of ours are managed (it could be its not enabled, of course...)
    The 3com tool can 'sort of' work it out. Basically you end up with Ethernet 'clouds' between the manage switches that represents one or more unmanaged switches.

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Netdisco is an Open Source web-based network management tool.
    Ben

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    Netdisco is an Open Source web-based network management tool.
    Ben
    that would be free then

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    Re: Network Mapping

    I didn't find anything, but then I've not really looked again since asking the question. I have spent a bit of time enabling the management on the switches though, so that might help.

    I'll definitely give NetDisco a look though.

    Disco, Dude - why all the "funky" names for these things?!

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Don't know how I missed this earlier... as Geoff rightly says, the 3COM Network Supervisor (free download if you have a managed 3COM switch) will do exactly this for most big makes of managed switch and anything hublike or unmanaged will appear as a cloud but will show the endpoints coming off that cloud.

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    Re: Network Mapping

    The only 3COM we have here is unmanaged :-(

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    Re: Network Mapping

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    The only 3COM we have here is unmanaged :-(
    I'm saying that it is only the managed ones but it may be worth checking... there's a slim chance that there might be a trial version too.

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    Re: Network Mapping

    You can get a free 60 day trial of 3com network director here:

    http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/3nd_trial.html

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    Re: Network Mapping

    We have some 3Com managed switches given to us by our LEA. Connect to the internal management console however and they automatically reboot. Making them unmanageable managed switches. Nice.

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    Re: Network Mapping

    I've just tried that download of 3Com Network Director and, while it found all our PCs, it only picked up their IP numbers not the device names (although it got all the print servers), and missed a few of our managed switches. Is there any way to get it to interrogate the machine name of the PCs?

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