Network Switch Implementation

Qualification Questions

Is Vlan Required? If So, How Many Vlans?
Is Switch Stack Required? If So, How Many Stacks?
Is Switch If Migration From Different Brand Required? If So, How Many Units?
Is Layer 3 Switch Required? If So, How Many Switches?
Is Core Switch Required? If So, How Many Switches?
Is Radius Switch Console Authentication Required? If So, How Many Units?
Is Night/weekend Cutover Per Location Required? If So, How Many Locations?
Is Security Required? If So, How Many Units?
Is Qos Required? If So, How Many Units?
Is Rack And Stack New Switch Required? If So, How Many Switches?
Is Firmware Upgrade Required? If So, How Many Switches?

Example Project Plan

Discovery
  • Customer Location Details
    • Identify Building Access Procedures And Customer On Site Contact
  • Identify Which Customer Contact Will Approve Scheduling And Design Changes
  • Access Control Requirements
    • Identify Customer Restrictions On Network Admin Console Authentication Method (i E Local Password, RADIUS, Etc)
  • Physical Topology
    • Identify Where Each Switch Stack Physically Located
    • Confirm Sufficient Power With Compatible Electrical Receptacles Available For The New Equipment
  • Routing Requirements
    • Identify Static And/or Dynamic IP Routing Needs
  • Layer 2 Requirements
    • Identify Existing And Desired VLAN ID’s With Associated IP Subnets
    • Determine If Spanning Tree Per Port Or Per VLAN Is Required
  • Network Services
    • Determine Which Network Services Is The Core Switch Expected To Provide (i E DHCP, DNS, Etc)
  • RADIUS Server IP Addresses
  • Determine Maintenance Window
    • Identify Cutover Scheduling Constraints
Implementation
  • Confirm Proper Physical Switch Uplink Connections Per Design Documentation
  • AIS Network Engineer On Site At Customer Location During Cutover
  • Unbox New Switches
  • Rack Each Switch
Solution Design
  • Layer 3 Configuration
    • Determine Which Management IP Addresses Should Be Used For Each Switch Stack
  • Layer 2 Configuration
    • Confirm Per Port Switchport And Trunk Port Configuration Settings Required
  • Spanning Tree
    • Ensure Consistent Spanning Tree Protocol And Root Bridge Configuration
Planning
  • Coordinate And Schedule Maintenance Windows And Cutover With Customer

Last modified August 16, 2021