I have a list of switches in the same family that I must test for different clients, now I need to know if my decision is not dangerous. below is the list of these boxes:
I want to test only one box per family (3500 and 3700) using the recent IOS and approve that IOS on all these boxes, my believe is the functionalities are the same the only diference is the additional ports, forwarding rate and the number of SFP's. am I right?
Different catOS images. The code is a .bin file hence binaries.
If your testing features of an IOS, platforms that run the same binary should support the same functions.
Although the 3560 and 3750 run "different" binaries, I believe they, more or less, are the same device except for the Stackwise provided on the latter. (Doubt there would be much need to test both platforms.)
Don't forget the stacking capability.
Your approach of only testing one box per family should be fine. There is certainly no need to test each box in a family. Perhaps the only thing i might do is to test a PoE and non-PoE switch per family.