Currently I am in the process of re-designing the network. A thankless task as always but there is light at the end of this tunnel.
Let me explain:
We are trying to add a NAC device and have realised that our switches, though good (Procurve 5421ZL and Procurve 4000M's and PC8000 all linked via fibre) must be 'tweaked' in order to accept the new device.
Currently our 5412ZL is an edge swicth the hosts not only users but the Firewall and router and server ports.
To put either a Cisco 3560 layer 3 swicth (or and this is the question Procurve Equivielent) into the network, remove all servers, routers and the firewall from the 5412zl and put them on the new switch.
AND THEN, using the fibre card in the 5412ZL uplink this via the NAC to the Cisco 3560 Layer 3 switch.
My questions after all this babble:
1. Is this ia good solution and will it work?
2. Do HP have an equivilent to the 3560 as all our other swicthes are HP it would be nice to keep the faith as it were.
My failover should anything ever happen to the Cisco would be to cut the NAC out and put the se4rvices back into the 5412zl whilst it was being fixed etc?
Does this all make sense?
Your help and comments welcome..