good day I have a quick question here I have a 4500 switch and off of this 4500 I have a connection to a server. What I want to do is instead of burning ports on my 4500 I was thinking about unplugging the connection from the server and connect it to another switch say a 2950 or something. Now the question is all the ports on the 2950 are going to be on the same subnet 192.168.131.64/26 do I need to configure anything on this new switch or can I just take it out of the box and plug it in?
I would recommend:
configuring the vlan in question on the 2950 switch
configuring the access ports to be in that vlan
enabling spannning tree or Rapid spanning tree
configuring a L3 vlan 1 interface for remote management
configuring the default gateway for remote access
configuring a trunk to the 4500 which will allow vlan 1 (mgmt) and the server vlan in question.
Ideally, you want to configure the 2950 switch in order to avoid this switch becoming the spanning-tree root for Vlan1 (default Vlan in all switches).
Also, you want to make sure the access-vlan in the 4500 and the 2950 matches, otherwise CDP will complain about mismatched Vlans.
However, a plug&play is certainly doable just not recommended.