I administer a Windows 2003 server with 30 users running Windows XP Pro on a domain. This network has 3 unmanaged switches which will soon be replaced by managed switches. I have read a bit about managed switches. I need to know more about how to administer them.
I understand Active directory and basic networking, tcp/IP, etc.
1.) What books, articles, web sites have you found useful to learn more about administering a managed switch?
2.) The managed switches have a web interface which I understand will tell me info about the network. What are the most important things you would note when administering a switch?
This is unknown territory for me so please be detailed in your answer. I am assigning 500 points to encourage detailed answers.