I've recently become IT Technician for a school, I've been working their for 5 weeks now, and I'm finding a lot of network related things an uphill struggle.
The reason being, there is no documentation on the layout of the school network, nobody quite knows how many computers are connected, how many wall-points are active, where exactly ALL the switches are, what kind they are etc etc, and asking the county council about this came up with the worst answer they could have possibly given:
"You'll just have to go and survey the network and work it all out."
Now to be perfectly honest, I dont have the time, nor am I authorised to go into roof-space chasing cables.
What I want is some sort of software that can run continually and over a period of weeks, possibly months, map and survey the network from a logical point of view, which computers are used, computer names, etc etc, that way I can get myself some stats to work on.
If I know the logical locations, finding the physical location of all devices will be considerably easier.
I'm quite a proficient VB programmer, I used to do a lot of VB stuff a couple of years back, and if there isnt software already available for doing what I want, I'm prepared to write some.
If anyone knows of any software that can do what I;m asking then that'd be absolutely great, however, if there isnt, then any advice on how I'd go about mapping a network logically without creating too much overhead would be great.
Thanks in advance.