Hello again guys! It's been a long time
I got a new job at a school district and I want to turn a lot of things around. Before I do that, though, I gotta fix a lot of stuff that has been "Broken" since this school has been built three years ago. I've done almost everything in the past few weeks that people haven't done in those three years, but there's another problem I'm coming up against.
In each classroom we have a teacher computer, three student computers, and a printer with ONLY a NIC. The printer is installed locally
through the nic, something I've never seen before. Next thing on my project list is a print server
Anyway, back to the problem. With 5 networked devices and 2 drops, we have to have a small 8 port switch in each room (for the time being, I've set up wireless around the campuses). I don't want to go in every room and set up their computers. I let them do it. Some teachers came in last week and did their room (in addition to this week) - and all teachers had to come in this week because today is their first contract day.
99% of them don't know what that gray box (the switch) is. Some of them will plug the switch in to the wall, plug their student computers in to the switch, THEN they will have a left over cable (usually the printer's). They'll take both
ends of that cable and plug them both in the switch. The only thing I can figure is it's querying the server nonstop or taking the rest of the DHCP addresses, because whenever someone does this it brings the whole damn network down. I just started two weeks ago.. but I was told this happens every year, and not just at the beginning of the year.
My question is, what exactly could be happening here? And is there a fix without managing each individual switch?