Wiring Closet: BEFORE

This is a giant mess that evolved over a series of years. It is nearly impossible to trace the cables in the rack, hard to add new connections, difficult to audit the wiring. What would happen if one of the switches failed and had to be replaced? We'd have to take down the entire system!


See the photo of the wiring closet after we cleaned it up.

  • WesleyDavid 6y

    Wow... are you sure you didn't work with me? That looks exactly like the MDF at one of my workplaces before me and another network guy pulled an all nighter cleaning it up. Right down to the HP switches and Panduit cable management. Weird. =)
  • Cloned Milkmen 6y

    It just goes to show that no sysadmin's story is unique. I'm glad you got to clean up your wiring too. Honestly, I never thought management would authorize the overtime and expense but they were really supportive when we made our case. In fact, they actually made the rewiring a priority.

    Hey do you have photos of your rewiring? I'd love to see them.
  • WesleyDavid 6y

    Overtime? What's that? =)

    Someone took photos, yes. I'll have to track them down. Are those 2824s? That's what we used mostly but we still had some older 4000 series chassis. All in all there were about 150 to 200 ports. We just yanked all the cables out of the switches and started plugging in cables that were of more appropriate lengths. As the hours slipped by we doubted that it would get finished by midnight. Several hours later we began to doubt it would be finished by the time workers got in at 7. We barely made it. =)
  • Cloned Milkmen 6y

    Those are 2524 except for two 48 ports whose model number eludes me. I think we still have a few 4000s in use. I love that they keep the firmware updates coming for the 2524s and have added new features over the years. This is a pretty old model of swtich but it serves us well. Our new purchases are typicall 2900s (gigabit with 2 10gig ports).

    There is a Foritgate 300A in there somewhere.

    At the bottom is a Cisco 1900 switch. We don't use it. Cisco support cost way to much so we retired them all years ago.
  • Yann Guégan 6y

    Dear Cloned Milkmen,

    I am the webmaster of a french news website called Rue89 (www.rue89.com). I am about to use this picture (and the following one, after the cleaning) to illustrate a story on this site, observing the Creative Commons conditions mentioned in this page.

    If you do not want us to reproduce your work on our site, juste mail me at yguegan@rue89.com.
  • Cloned Milkmen 6y

    I'm glad you found the photos useful Yann!

    For others, the URL to the story is eco.rue89.com/2009/06/19/court-circuit-chez-une-filiale-d...
  • WesleyDavid 6y

    You're famous! =)
  • Sean Ellis 6y

    What's the problem? ;)
  • Zettt 5y

    Thanks. We are using this photo at our Facebook group "Intercrap"
  • dfrankow 5y

    I am using this photo in a presentation to represent system administration. Thanks!
  • Cloned Milkmen 5y

    I'm really flattered, and glad, that so many people have found this photo useful. Hehe, personally, I like the *after* photo much more, but the *before* is more eye-catching. :-)
  • Angel Sanchez 3mo

    I will probably use this photo and the after photo on ezwiringconnections.com. Thanks!
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