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Guys. I am brand new to cisco networking but I am keen to pick it up ad learn. In our organization we have cisco catalyst switches running two vlans. I have just bought a new switch to install within our network. I use the cna for administrating the cisco switches including the switching of ports etc so I am comfortable with doing that. The question I need answered is how easy is it to install a new switch. I have used managed and unmanaged pro curve devices but never ha to install any cisco devices. I have trawled google and cisco but nothing gives me a step by step idiot proof guide. Your help would be greatly welcomed. Many thanks
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install??? you just rack it and power it up. That's all. (I presume it's cabled)

As soon as you power up and open up the console, you should be able to see "switch>" prompt and from there you go.
You start your configuration, as and when required. If you are looking specifically for some config help, let us know, we will point to thousands of sample configuration available over the internet.

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Cheers for the post mate. Surely I would need to configure the switch for both vlans.? I really don't think it's as easy as mounting the switch in the tack cabling it up to the fiber core and the bang bobs your uncle.... Or is it?  I have two that need installed. One is to replaced a frazzled switch which was water damaged.  The way I see it I need o install then configure. Ip specify static ip address and configure vlan ports. Am I correct and if so any pointers. Sorry if I am making this more complicated thAn it needs to be but I wanti ensure thAt I get it right the first time online with best practices. Cheers
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Ps sodding iPhone with spelling and grammar checker. :)
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All sorted. Easier than I thought. Got A USB to serial cable and used hyper term to access the switch. Set the ip address and all good.

If anyone can answer this question I would be grateful. We had a water leak the other day. I have two stackable switches connected using gbic. Switches both boot up fine and ports flash so there is some connectivity between nodes and switch. However the light on convertor does not show anything on switch b but on switch a flashing amber. Any ideas. Could it be water has fried the gbic contraller on switch b
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What does hyperterminal say? You see anything? Can you paste what you see in the console for those switches?
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All configu within hyper seems. Have a feeling its gbic controller. Any other suggestions guys
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Configured and sorted by using internet tutorials.
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