Rack Cleanup

A few months ago I was tasked with cleaning and organizing one of our client’s cable racks.  After a quick site visit, I understood why…  This pic will explain more than words possibly could:
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What a nightmare! 

First things first.  I made a logical diagram of the various vlan connections, and documented any special ports that were in use.   Then the fun began.  All cables were disconnected.

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Then we reorganized the racks so that all the switches were on one side, and all the patch panels on the other.

Then we did a logical reorganization of the switches, so that all the servers and routers ports were on the same non-poe switches, and all the workstations would connecting to the poe ones.

After that, it was just a matter of cabling things up – neatly!

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Et Voila!  From chaos to order.  🙂