Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I work for a organization which runs several servers mainly used for internet to schools and Exchange on the corporate side.

One of my tasks during my training is to be able to understand the network and how it works.

Now I don't need to understand absolutely everything but I would like to map out the network in Visio to see how it connects together via a visual perspective.

We have 1 core room which holds the main servers and switches for http/mail/voice/storage etc. which are connected to several switches in other "sub" rooms which then connect that section of the building, i.e 1 Hop.

So my task is to be able to track all the connections leading from the main server room going to the sub switch rooms, so we know what connection does what.

Do you guys have any idea of how to get started with this task, how to go about it, etc.

I'm not 100% guru with Servers as I'm just a MA - Technician and will need to learn how the servers interact with switches and how it all comes together.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

Take a look at network management software such as IPSwitch WhatsUp if you want to map out a network. There are some tools in Visio for doing logical mapping, but it doesn;t sound like the right tool for the job you want to do.

Cheers

share|improve this answer

Visio is perfectly fine for recording the results and keeping a permanent (well, "until next change" at least) record of your network.

However, for getting the data you require to draw the relevant diagrams in Visio, you'll either need some network monitoring software with auto-discovery or you'll need to collect the data yourself.

If you have managed switches, you may be able to interrogate the switches and see what other switches (and routers) they're connected to. By doing that, you can eventually build a picture of what is connected to what.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.