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Hi all, as part of a few other projects, we're looking to overhaul how we track our physical cabling plant - fiber, copper data, telephone, cross connects, switch ports, etc. We've been looking at NetDoc from Brady, but as we dig in deeper it's turning out to have some pretty glaring deficiencies. Other than abusing the heck out of Excel, does anyone have any good suggestions on how to collect all this data under one system? thanks! -- Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu | For every problem, there is a solution that Manager of Network Operations | is simple, elegant, and wrong. Worcester Polytechnic Institute | - HL Mencken ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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We've just purchased PatchManager from a company out of Holland. Haven't had it long enough to comment on how well the implementation will go.

Eric Brewer
Smith College

On May 10, 2013 9:46 AM, "Frank Sweetser" <fs@wpi.edu> wrote:
Hi all,

  as part of a few other projects, we're looking to overhaul how we track our
physical cabling plant - fiber, copper data, telephone, cross connects, switch
ports, etc.  We've been looking at NetDoc from Brady, but as we dig in deeper
it's turning out to have some pretty glaring deficiencies.  Other than abusing
the heck out of Excel, does anyone have any good suggestions on how to collect
all this data under one system?

                thanks!

--
Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu    |  For every problem, there is a solution that
Manager of Network Operations   |  is simple, elegant, and wrong.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute |           - HL Mencken

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As it just so happens, I'm scheduled to have a conference call with one of their sales guys any minute now =) Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu | For every problem, there is a solution that Manager of Network Operations | is simple, elegant, and wrong. Worcester Polytechnic Institute | - HL Mencken On 5/10/2013 9:49 AM, Eric Brewer wrote: > We've just purchased PatchManager from a company out of Holland. Haven't had > it long enough to comment on how well the implementation will go. > > Eric Brewer > Smith College > > On May 10, 2013 9:46 AM, "Frank Sweetser" > wrote: > > Hi all, > > as part of a few other projects, we're looking to overhaul how we track our > physical cabling plant - fiber, copper data, telephone, cross connects, switch > ports, etc. We've been looking at NetDoc from Brady, but as we dig in deeper > it's turning out to have some pretty glaring deficiencies. Other than abusing > the heck out of Excel, does anyone have any good suggestions on how to collect > all this data under one system? > > thanks! > > -- > Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu | For every problem, > there is a solution that > Manager of Network Operations | is simple, elegant, and wrong. > Worcester Polytechnic Institute | - HL Mencken > > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent > Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE > Constituent Group discussion list can be found at > http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
You have great timing, I was planning to pose the same question to the group.  I have paper records for fiber (in case of disaster I could lose access to records) and access DB for port/jack mappings.  This works OK, but there has to be something better.

FWIW, I've heard a few recommendations recently for FiberBase (http://fiberbase.fiberoptic.com), but haven't looked into it yet.

Derek Johnson
Data Communications Coordinator
Fort Hays State University
(785) 628 - 5688
djohnson@fhsu.edu


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Date: 05/10/2013 08:46AM
Subject: [NETMAN] Physical cable plant documentation packages?

Hi all,

  as part of a few other projects, we're looking to overhaul how we track our
physical cabling plant - fiber, copper data, telephone, cross connects, switch
ports, etc.  We've been looking at NetDoc from Brady, but as we dig in deeper
it's turning out to have some pretty glaring deficiencies.  Other than abusing
the heck out of Excel, does anyone have any good suggestions on how to collect
all this data under one system?

thanks!

--
Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu    |  For every problem, there is a solution that
Manager of Network Operations   |  is simple, elegant, and wrong.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute |           - HL Mencken

**********
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