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    Hi,

    The company that designed and installed our infrastructure hasn't labelled anything in the comm's room.

    We have on rack consisiting of a patch panel with IP Phone switches and a seperate rack with the servers and 2950 switches.

    I was thinking of marking up the patch lead with the relevant reference number of the floor box it is connected to and maybe two different colour leads - one for phone and one for the desktop machines.

    Anyone got anyone pointers or best practices?

    Happy Easter

    Simon

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    Re: Marking up your patch panel(s)

    That sucks, looks like you'll have to trace out every single line. Another thing you can do is find out the which port is going where, if you have a managed switch and some kind of system that lets you inventory all your network assets. Basically what we do at times is log into our switch and check out which hard ware address and IP is on that port and then find out that device i.e; computer/printer/server etc.
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers

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    • #3
      Re: Marking up your patch panel(s)

      We use small stickers from a dymo label printer. One for the port on the patch panel, and wrap one around each end of the cable near the connector from the patch panel to the switch.

      There's lots of ways to do it though.

      Originally posted by simonsays View Post
      Hi,

      The company that designed and installed our infrastructure hasn't labelled anything in the comm's room.

      We have on rack consisiting of a patch panel with IP Phone switches and a seperate rack with the servers and 2950 switches.

      I was thinking of marking up the patch lead with the relevant reference number of the floor box it is connected to and maybe two different colour leads - one for phone and one for the desktop machines.

      Anyone got anyone pointers or best practices?

      Happy Easter

      Simon
      Andrew

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      • #4
        Re: Marking up your patch panel(s)

        Hi, simonsays. Tough job ahead
        We use different colors for different purposes: yellow cables for telephony, purple cables for iLOs, ordinary gray cables for desktops and green cables for servers. Light green cables for servers that have teamed NICs and blue cables with red connectors for cross-over cables.
        Regarding the numbers themselves, the ports are numbered like this: [Room #]/[Port #].
        We are using a Brother P-Touch machine. You can use different tapes' colors for your purpose too.

        Sorin Solomon


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        • #5
          Re: Marking up your patch panel(s)

          We label all our network points around the building and then label them correspondingly on the patch panel
          changed

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          • #6
            Re: Marking up your patch panel(s)

            We use
            Red cables for Phones (PBX & IP),
            Blue cables for Data (Desktop/Printers etc),
            Yellow cables for the Unix Servers,
            Grey cables for crossovers and Black Cables for ISDN
            Green for All other servers and connections.

            Dymo Label Machine will save you're sanity if you're labeling a comms room.

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