Okay, so, two weeks ago I started my new job as an Infrastructure Specialist... yay, I'm in the field I really want to be! It's a relatively new site, still small (under 50 total people), and a great chance for me to hone my skills and grow with the company. Here's the killer: The previous IT guy didn't document anything... literally. So, what I'm trying to do, and unsure of where to even start, is this: We have a switch box on the production floor from which all of our wires run. There are five patch panels and two 48 port switches, giving us 96 total runs. IN essence, each patch panel is connected to a front end patch panel in the grid, giving us five locations (one at each corner, and one in the middle) that we can run network cable from. Now, each table is organized into a "quad", with one network cable for each desk and one extra for a printer, giving us 5 network cables per quartet of desks/people. What I want to do is layout and document what ports on the switch run to what ports on the patch panels, and where those network cables run... because none of this has been done yet. To make matters more interesting, everything is zip-tied (TIGHT) to the scaffolding framework this is built around, and then to the desks, conveyor line, etc... if it wasn't for the fact that everything was zip tied down, I'd almost consider just coming in over the weekend and pulling all the cabling out and re-running it myself so I can document this... and to remove some of the "rats nests" we currently have... seriously, in spots our cable management looks so bad a plate of spaghetti looks more organized! Any suggestions on how to lay this out and where to begin? We're planning on expanding to have more desks/workers soon, and part of why I want to do this is, well, like I said, we have a pair of 48 port switches... and all but a half dozen of those ports are populated... but I know we aren't actually making use of that many lines. We have a bunch of places where spare cable is just looped and waiting, but no indication of which spares are live or not. Spluh.