So in my last post, I looked at how to record the logical information about your IP addresses and switchport locations, making it easier for troubleshooting in the future.
Now lets tackle the big one, how to produce good documentation when diagraming your network.
For this, I am going to use a real world example of a network I audited, and then made a visio diagram. Personally, I don’t believe this is one of the best visio diagram’s I have produced, however it includes a lot of various parts which I think are useful.
So below, you find the original hand drawn diagram as I was tracing cables and devices, and then the final product.
Note: Unfortunately I do not have the Visio file available for distribution used in this post.
Continue reading How to produce good documentation – Part 4 – Diagraming a network
With my background in Networking and Virtualisation, VMware’s NSX is something which interests me deeply, as such I’ve attended a handful of sessions online, and also at the UK VMUG where Chris Whal presented on the subject.
Here’s my own interpretation of this new technology.
What is NSX?
Its software-defined networking, you don’t need to buy any hardware to implement it, although you do need a running VMware environment.
Continue reading VMware NSX – Just an introduction
Oh no, diagrams! But, but, I’m not creative!
So we covered the foundation an environment in part 1, which is that hated word, which is documentation,
But that means you need diagrams, which is something most people struggle with, especially using Visio.
You’re not alone, I was the same, my documentation in my early days was shocking, and then I took on a consultancy role, where I was implementing solutions and having to produce documentation for customer. I had a steep learning curve.
So I’m going to take you into the first steps on how to diagram your Racks and the servers in them.
Visio and your stencils
So your going to need Visio, preferably 2013, but 2010 will be fine. And you need stencils of the hardware you’re creating a diagram of.
The best place to get 90% of your Visio Stencils is VisioCafe.
For others that do not appear on there, its easy enough to just google the vendor name plus Visio ;).
Here’s the file for the Visio diagrams.
Creating a diagram of your rack
So this is something I do for most of my customers, creating a diagram of the rack, mainly to show the bits I’ve stuck in, and so the customer knows which server is which, and then can refer to the rest of the document for what that bit of kit does.
Continue reading How to produce good documentation – Part 2 – Rack and Server Diagrams
This is just a quick one,
A customer of mine has two companies running in the same building, using the same ISP connection, as such the Firewall is essentially the core of the network. I put in this network and although its not exactly best practise, its a case of making do with what they had and could afford.
Today he logged a support ticket stating he couldnt connect between two internal different subnets any more, (192.168.x.x and 172.16.x.x)
The fix for this was inputting the command; Continue reading Cisco ASA – Allow traffic between two same security level interfaces