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18th Large Installation System Administration Conference — Abstract

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autoMAC: A Tool for Automating Network Moves, Adds, and Changes

Christopher J. Tengi, Princeton University; James M. Roberts, Tufts University; Joseph R. Crouthamel, Chris M. Miller, and Christopher M. Sanchez, Princeton University


It is often difficult and time-consuming to manage computer `moves, adds, and changes' that take place in a switched, subnetted environment. It is even more difficult when the accepted network policy requires that a computer be configured and always connected to the network on a specific Virtual LAN (VLAN) based on its usage. An on-going problem is to keep all of the network host information up-to- date, and to ensure that hosts always land on the correct subnet when they are plugged into switch ports. Utilizing some freely-available tools, as well as some home-grown software, we have built a system that automates a number of the tasks associated with moves, adds, and changes.

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