I have the following scenario that I need help with, and I'd like to get opinions on how others would handle this.
I have an SVI on VLAN99 for printers and address 10.125.99.5/24
I have other devices on VLAN1 that will be able to see printers since it's a L3 switch and it's in routing.
I have this scenario:
User A, Printer A, and Copier A is connected a a switch at the users desk. The switch is unmanaged. User A's workstation is DHCP (vlan1), the printer has a static address 10.125.99.50, and copier A has a static of 10.131.5.5 (VLAN1). The only device that's VLAN99 is the printer, BUT since this is an unmanaged switch, I run into two problems:
I can't change the port on the users switch to an access port for VLAN99
I can't change the port that the user's switch connects to to an access port on VLAN99 either (all other devices will stop working).
I can trunk the port, but I have no way of telling the printer that it's on vlan99.
The only thought that I have is one of these:
Either statically assign the printer to the VLAN1 address and then keep the printer just for that user on that vlan. (This negates what I want to really do.)
Replace the switch with one that can tag vlan's.
Wire a jack directly to the patch panel for the printer and copiers (this probably should have been done a long time ago.)
How would you guys handle this? I can't switch these printers over to the new vlan until I find a solid solution.
Your'e 2 main problems are
1) switch is at users desk. As you say printers and copiers should be connected back to your patch panels.
2) switch is unmanaged
So if i couldn't replace the switch and i couldn't repatch back i would move the printer into vlan 1. It's not ideal by any means and it's the worse solution if you end up with a flat vlan 1 everywhere.
Note the ideal solution is to patch back as you have already said. A switch really should only be in secure rooms and not at peoples desks but you know this :)