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routing appletalk accross vlans

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I am MAC illeterate. Having recently started working for a school district I have been thrown into more Macs than I have ever seen.

I have serveral schools in which we are using a mix of appletalk and windows. Some have appletalk servers and some are running appletalk shares on windows servers. I am starting to vlan my schools in preperation for converting to voice over IP. I have been having issues at the first school I have completed with the macs on seperate vlans connecting to the appletalk servers. The information I find on ciscos site is only directed at confiuring the routers but does not address what I need to do on the mac's and I have been having a difficult time finding a comprehensive document describing how to configure both the routers and the Mac clients. I am primarly dealing with OS9.x and now we are getting 10.3 clients.

Can anyone pull togather all the pieces for me or reference me to documetation that will get me up to speed on appletalk zones and the configuration that needs to be done on both client and routers, some info on troubleshooting appletalk would be great. Also if you can reccomend any books that are good reference books. Not looking to become a mac expert just looking to get to the point where I can setup and troubleshoot networking issues.

Thanks
Mark
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With the advent of OS X, appletalk is more or less dead. There's not really a use for it in a cross platform environment. How soon will it be migrated to OS X? Is it worth figuring it out now or can you wait, and let OS X solve the problem for you?
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Most of the MAC's are Imacs and Emacs with 9.2. Since we are a school district which is to say we are poor I do not expect these to be going away anytime soon belive it or not I have seen Apple IIe's being used in a couple of rooms. Are the Imacs and Emacs upgradeable to OS X and if so does Apple charge for the upgrade. It would be great to migrate to a pure IP environment.
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Yes, iMacs and eMacs are upgradeable to OS X. The update is not free though by being an educational institution you get a pretty good discount.
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Ok so in the short term I still have to deal with routing appletalk. So back to my original question.
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Ok, since weed is the only one who responded even though I still don't have an answer he gets the points. besides I really like his username. I am going to post this on the cisco area and see if I get anymore hits.

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Mark
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