New Diana ISD Network Upgrade

New Diana ISD Network Upgrade

New Diana ISD wanted to implement BYOD on their campus. In order to accomplish this they needed to add new switches and access points. Their current network architecture was built on 3Com switches; however, they wanted to move to HP for switching and Aruba for wireless.

The technology department went through a major staff change and because of that they were needing someone with more advanced networking skill to help them get 11 new HP Procurve switches to work well with their existing 3Com switches without taking down the network. With little known about the network I was able to come up with a network map and start re-designing the “new” network architecture.

I soon realized that I knew nothing about 3Com; however, because I knew what I needed to do in order to get the old and new to work together, I asked my best-friend Google. He was able to help me out. I found out that 3Com stacking switches don’t like to do link aggregation with HP Procurve. After speaking to an HP Engineer, they confirmed that this is not possible because the protocols for 3Com and HP are different. I was able; however, to rectify this by placing all Access Points on 1 link and the computers on the other link back to the MDF.

Over the week I learned how to use 3Com switches and wireless. I am glad that I received this opportunity to continue to learn and grow as a Network Engineer.