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VLAN Implementation - Routing & DHCP Helper

Posted on 2013-06-27
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I am working on segmenting out our data traffic to individual vlans.  I would like to have as much in place and configured on the switches as possible before reassigning all the ports to the appropriate vlans.  Is it safe for me to go ahead and enable the routing on our layer 3 switch and create the dhcp listener that will forward the traffic to our dhcp server ahead of time without affecting our live network?

Currently the network is 1 single broadcast domain on vlan1.  Since all traffic is on that single vlan1, I was hoping to do all the configuration, then just open a couple ports on each switch to test traffic and make sure it all works.  Then later on assign the bulk ports and be done?

Could I also define the default route to our firewall since the traffic by default is heading that direction anyway?  Would that have any impact?

Any suggestions would be great on how I can get the most done during business hours and minimize downtime for the main cutover.

Thanks!
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by:pony10us
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You can create/delete VLAN's with little or no impact until you assign ports to those VLAN's since they remain inactive until a port is assigned.
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5000/sw/configuration/guide/cli/VLANs.html
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So would having the routing enabled for testing a few ports affect the VLAN1 that houses the rest of the network traffic across the network?  Enabling the trunk ports, etc. As long as I keep the additional vlans that are active just for testing purposes?
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You are correct.  There should be no impact on the existing VLAN's so you can test throughly before moving.  Remember that when you move a device from one VLAN to another you will probably need to do a release/renew for you IP address.
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Awesome.  Thank You!
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