I am attempting to set up a network: Windows Server 2003 (Dell PowerEdge sc1425) and 40 pc's all connected via 3 ProCurve 2626 Switches, however they are all second hand and have NO manuals or instructions or cables, how do I configure the Switches? the Server is up and running, the PC's are ok, how do I get them to communicate. I have downloaded the PCM software but it is asking for the ip address of the switch, which I do not know (how do I find it?).
You'll need to obtain a comms lead - connects into the console port of the switch then into an RS232 port on your laptop. Then, you will be able to connect using hyper terminal and you can give the switch an IP address, username, etc. Even a hard-reset won't allow you to configure an IP address as by default it needs to be configured through the lead. Will they not talk without being configured? If you just hard reset them, they should just behave as unmanaged switches.
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What do you need it configured to support? Multiple subnets? VoIP support? Here's an example to support 2 subnets, VLAN 1 Data and VLAN 2 Voice. This switch is the VLAN router for the site and it is also the default gateway for all the devices on the network.
; J4899A Configuration Editor; Created on release #H.10.50
hostname "HP 2650 dot 11 layer 3" snmp-server contact "Your contact info here" snmp-server location "Server Rack - Upper Switch" time timezone -5 time daylight-time-rule Continental-US-and-Canada interface 49 name "Uplink to HP2650 port 49 - 192.168.105.12" flow-control exit interface 50 name "Uplink to HP2650 port 49 - 192.168.105.13" flow-control exit ip routing timesync sntp snmp-server community "public" Unrestricted vlan 1 name "Data" untagged 1-46 ip address 192.168.105.11 255.255.255.0 ip helper-address 10.50.3.2 tagged 49-50 no untagged 47-48 exit vlan 2 name "Voice" untagged 47-48 ip address 10.50.3.11 255.255.255.0 ip helper-address 10.50.3.2 tagged 1-46,49-50 exit ip route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 192.168.105.1 spanning-tree Always turn on Spanning Tree spanning-tree priority 0 This switch is the master Spanning Tree operator. password manager password operator
qos dscp-map 101110 priority 6
snmp-server community "public" Unrestricted
vlan 1 name "Data_Vlan" untagged 1-28 ip address 188.8.131.52 255.255.255.0 exit vlan 2 name "Voice_Vlan" ip address 10.9.180.5 255.255.255.0 qos dscp 101110 tagged 1-28 voice exit
Program the port that the PBX is in as a untagged port on Vlan 2
There is nothing special about these switches other than that they are managed. Managed means they have some means of connecting to them and "managing" them like you do when you configure a wireless router by going to some ip address in your browser to access the configuration. They usually are able to communicate statistics, set up virtual subnetworks, monitor ports, mirror ports, control which ports can access which others, set speed limits on ports, etc... A normal switch is "dumb", there is nothing to configure and it just does it's thing, connecting anybody and everybody that are connected to any of it's ports. Procurve switches are popular because they are great switches, there are other managed ones that can be had for much less, I use 48 port managed Linksys that have/exceed these capabilities for way cheaper... examples