An Ounce of Planning
Everyone has probably heard the old joke “ready, fire, aim.” Unfortunately, this phrase can sometimes describe the implementation of some networks given what appears to be a lack of basic planning prior to configuration. The daily operation of a switched environment can be greatly simplified and future problems avoided by applying a few best practices and a little bit of planning. This begins with planning the method for remotely accessing the switch, followed by basic configuration of the switch, and then configuring connections between switches.
Believe it or not, one of the first things to think about when configuring a new network is management, primarily because network management typically is ...