Audience, Document organization – Cisco 2900 User Manual

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Setting up and maintaining a network requires the knowledge and expertise of people with
a variety of skills. In many cases, the people responsible for installing and maintaining
hardware and wiring are not the people who configure the software and administer the
network. This publication provides information specific to initial installation and
configuration of the switch hardware and software. To use this publication you should be
familiar with electronic circuitry and wiring practices and, preferably, have experience as
an electronic or electromechanical technician. This document provides brief descriptions
and examples of a few software configuration and display commands. For comprehensive
descriptions and examples of software configuration commands and the procedures for
implementing them, refer to the Catalyst 2900 Configuration Guide and Command

Document Organization

This publication contains the following information:

Chapter 1, “What Is the Catalyst 2900?”, describes the physical properties of the switch,
components, and interfaces. It also provides brief functional descriptions of the primary
system features.

Chapter 2, “Installation Overview,” describes safety recommendations, site
requirements, tools required, optional and required network connection equipment,
unpacking checklists, and procedures you should perform before actual installation.
This chapter also describes and illustrates all types of network interface cables,
connectors, and interface devices you may need for your network connections.

Chapter 3, “Rack-Mounting Instructions,” provides instructions for rack-mounting the

Chapter 4, “Cabling Instructions,” describes the procedures to make all external cable
connections to the Catalyst 2900 and apply power to the system.

Chapter 5, “Configuring the Software,” discusses the initial configuration of the
Catalyst 2900 series switch and describes how you configure such functions as IP
addressing and SNMP management.