Rear view shapes for LAN switches are used to document Front-End LAN or host side network cabling. At the moment these are 10GbE switches, but I planning to include 40GbE switches as well, now that NetApp supports 40GbE host traffic. Switches are generic and can be used to document other environments as well.
Original Switch shapes by:
Switch Grouping Box:
- Switches are grouped together in pairs inside a Switch Grouping Box
- Properties for Switch Grouping Box
- Switch Type:
- Typically switch speed
- If switch type is denoted with “*”
- Indicates that this is customer supplied
- Switch Type:
- Grouping boxes come in two form factor
- To be placed in the same rack as other gear
- To be place between the racks
- There are few variants per switch type
- Click swich shape to show data in Shape Data Window
- Switch Number
- Site Name for Switch (typically only used with MetroCluster)
- Switch Name Body
- Edit as required and device label will change accordingly
Screenshot: Brocade VDX6740 switch shapes in Shapes Window:
Port assignment box:
- Click the shape to show data in Shape Data Window
- Use pull-down menus to assign correct port combinations
- Text in shape will be changed accordingly
- Only if suitable port combinations cannot be found in shape data pull-down menus, then edit text manually but this will break connection to data
Similar properties as Brocade switch, only with differerent “picture”
Screenshot: Cisco 5548 switch shapes in Shapes Window:
Make your own Switch rear view Shapes:
LAN Stencil includes empty LAN Switch Groping boxes. These grouping boxes are equipped with “anchoring” points so that you can pull a 19″ wide switch into the shape and place it correctly.
If you do make your own shapes, you will have to edit the label of the switch manually, I am using “Calibri” 6pt font for switch names.
Additionally data in switch port assignment box might not match your switch / use case, edit as required.
Ontop of “Rack” form factor empty shapes, there are also two “Mid” form factor shapes