So, I have inherited a mess of a server room.
Rack 1: 5x 48 port patch panels; 140 in use | 3x 48 port switches Rack 2: 4x 48 port patch panels; 120 in use | 3x 48 port switches Rack 3: 3x 48 port patch panels; 95 in use | 3x 48 port switches Rack 4: used for border routers, and VOIP equipment. also has 2x 48 port switches Rack 5: 7x 48 port patch panels; 170 in use | 1x 48 port switch Rack 6: 0x 48 port patch panels; 0 in use | 1x 48 port switch
Note that this is a production environment. I cannot just unplug everything and start from scratch, as there is a total of 32 hours of downtime over the weekend and thats it.
VLANS are a mess as well, we have 9 different groups of PCs, and only 4 VLANS for them.
The first step would be to get all the VLANs correctly setup and configured IMO.
Past this, what is going to be the best way to get this wiring mess simplified? Right now there is no rhyme or reason to how it is wired, there could be a cable going from a rack 1 patch panel to a rack 5 switch, or a rack 3 patch panel to a rack 1 switch, etc. Toss in the VOIP power dist. units, and you could have it going rack 1 patch panel -> voip power @ rack 5 -> rack 2 switch.
My only thought so far would be to get a bunch of switches setup (example: 4x 48 ports for Rack 1) and move all the ports in use on rack one to those switches. Then repeat the process with more switches + any now empty ones.
Any other ideas on methods here?