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Find IP address of a switch that a workstation is conneccted to

Is there anyway to get the IP address of the switch a workstation is connected to.  The layer 2/3 switches we use are 3com 3300/xm switches, which all have an IP address.   What I am doing now to do this is gettng the MAC address and going to DHCP or DNS to find the IP.  Do you know of any easier command or tool.
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Beachdude67Commented:
3com has a utility that comes with their switches you can use to manage to switch itself. The one I am most familiar with will actually map out the network for you, showing where everything is connected. You might try that.
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9413systemsAuthor Commented:
Its caleld Network Supervisor.  I do use this, however, noticed several switches that are coming up as unknown (CLOUD).  I know the servers connected to these switches but not sure how to find the actual IP address of these switch.
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dglenpCommented:
Have you tried ARP?  For example, type arp -a in a command prompt.
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9413systemsAuthor Commented:
Yes, I tried ARP.  The switch does not show.
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that1guy15Commented:
what about traceroute? It might see it since the switch is layer 3.
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Network_Data_SupportCommented:
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Beachdude67Commented:
Tracert won't work because the switch is actually a layer 2 device, not a router. The IP address is just there for administration purposes - you aren't actually using it in the network.
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Beachdude67Commented:
My guess is that if these switches are coming up in the cloud, they don't actually have IP addresses assigned to them. You could connect to the switches via a console cable, but that is a pain in the [censored].
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Network_Data_SupportCommented:
exacly  prob layer 2
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