I've got a basic problem where I can't tell for sure whether a workstation is plugged into a switchport or not. I know that a port will say "notconnected" when running "sh int status" but how do I know what the workstation hasn't been turned off and it reporting the connection incorrectly. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Short answer is you don't really. The "notconnected" simply means there is no active device on that port, the key word being active. So a PC, laptop etc.. connected to that port but shutdown will not show up.