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  • Not sure if this is the appropriate forum but

     

    I am an IT Tech for a company, just took it over about 8 months ago. The company has 3 locations, a main office and two satellite offices that are connected by sonic firewalls. The sonic firewalls were put in by one IT company.  A company previous to that one setup the main branch where the servers are and have two 3550 catalyst switches. No documentation was left behind on the switches and very little on the rest of the network (although I can get into the Sonic Firewalls). One of the switches went down after a thunderstorm and power outage. When the switch got power again every light on it lit up and it was not moving any traffic. When you would plug/unplug cables into the switch the lights stayed on. Not a lot of experience with Cisco but it seems fried to me. The other switch is fine.

    I put a temp switch (dumb switch) in place until I decided what to do permanently. The problem is the Cisco switch have been setup for multiple Vlans but I can't log into it to look at how it was setup (the other one seems to be fried so I can't look in that one either) and some of the devices/servers that are now on the dumb switch are not working. The thing that is most annoying is that most of the setup for this company was overly complex for what they had. Were talking at the most, 40 devices between all three companies yet it seems that there are at least 6 vlans setup in just the one main branch (kill me please). The other two branches are using just one IP scheme.

    in the main branch

    10.0.14.0-254
    10.0.15.0-254
    10.0.11.0-254
    10.0.85.0-254
    10.0.5.0-254
    10.1.10.1

    and I am sure there is more

    I am thinking about getting a lower end managed switch by Netgear or Dlink. We can't spend the money to get a Cisco Managed switched, nor do we need to as far as I am concerned.
    Will I be able to get the Netgear or Dlink to work with the Cisco, Should I scrap the 2nd Cisco, get two new switches and start simplifying the network. I still can't figure out why they did what they did except that they wanted to bill the hell out of this client (They are still paying on the original job which was done 4.5 years ago)

    On a side note, the have 4 standard 2003 servers all doing separate function, was considering just one bad ass SBS 2011 server which could consolidate all functions into one server

    ex. One standard server 2003 is the domain controller/file server, one server is running exchange 2003, one server was an SQL server for software that they don't use anymore, the 4th sever would stay because it's specifically setup for software that they still are using (also running 2003 standard)

    Will be happy to give additional info to better explain my problem

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:55 PM

Answers

  • This is not a question for the Microsoft forums. THe only mention of Microsoft technologies is a "side note". PLease post this in the appropriate forums.

     

    Regards.


    *alex
    • Proposed as answer by Alex Cohen Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:04 PM
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:21 PM
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:04 PM

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  • Hi,

    1. What is your budget?

    2. What is the distance between 3 sites?

    3. How many servers/workstations you have at each site?

     

    Monday, May 23, 2011 4:55 PM
  • This is not a question for the Microsoft forums. THe only mention of Microsoft technologies is a "side note". PLease post this in the appropriate forums.

     

    Regards.


    *alex
    • Proposed as answer by Alex Cohen Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:04 PM
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:21 PM
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:04 PM
  • I said I wasn't sure if this was the right forum right in the beginning of my question, you don't have to be rude about it
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 3:29 PM
  • Not anymore rude than posting to the wrong forum and waiting 10 days to respond, even though generous people have decided to volunteer their time to you. And yet, instead of graciously thanking them for their time, you only reply to my "rude" comment.

     

    Lets re-evaluate what is rude here. I would be more than happy to continue this conversation offline. I have nothing to hide, nothing negative to share with you and certainly value what you have to say. My email address is v.alex.cohen@gmail.com

    But lets go offline, as it is also not the topic of this forum, and rude to the remaining members and the overall mission of our fellow colleagues.

     

    Kind Regards.

    Alex

     


    *alex
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:42 PM
  • Sent you my offline response
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:58 PM
  • read it. Karama, you have my fullest and sincerest apologies. Mainly, pointing you to the right forum was the help I could have provided. And you had already stated the obvious. I become single focused on keeping the forum clean, that I dejected a much appreciated guest of our forums. Again, my apologies. I hope you accept.
    *alex
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:43 PM
  • No Problem Alex, I appreciate the apology and will be an active participant in the future.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:04 PM
  • agree with that..
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    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    Cisco Certified Internetwork professional - MPLS Certified
    Information Systems Security Professional
    Microsoft Partner Network 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator:Security Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator Certified Ethical Hacker Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator http://www.microsoft.com/en/sg/default.aspx Our Goal? VERY SATISFIED Customers. If you're not...let's talk!!
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