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Port management tips for 4500/6500's

I am trying to manage about 400+ ports in 4500's and 6500's. running CatOS 7.4x . We name each port by cable drop. you would think the port would be named once and that would be it.

Nope, welcome to real world. Seems that we don't have enough ports

for some of the departments. The departments keep moving 20-30 pc's

every 2-3 weeks. Why, I don't know. My job is just to hook them up. I

gave up asking why they can't plan properly long ago. just accept it

and move on. :)

Trying to keep up with changing the port names and what ports go where

is becoming a nightmare. my method of using basic spreadsheets is

starting to lose the battle. I copy the "set port name 6/4 xyz" from

the configs into the spreadsheet, make modifications and past back to

the switch.

Does anyone have some spreadsheets or an access database that have

been used in the past to track ports that might be more automated than

what I have now?

Sorry, Ci$co Work$ is just to much $$$ and not in the budget.

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Re: Port management tips for 4500/6500's

You can implement VMPS on your switch which will dynamically map the VLAN to Mac address, which will help in your scenario , where the hosts are moving frequently from one place to another.

check the below URL on how to configure VMPS

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/cat5000/rel_4_2/config/vmps.htm#202

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