This question is not directly related to Cisco, but I figured I'd post here to try to get some useful feedback from other pros.
I'm needing to map a lab network with about 200-250 switches, plus some load balancers, SAN, firewalls, and other miscellaneous stuff. I need it to cover 3 levels:
1. The physical layer 2 topology from a bird's eye view
2. The layer 3 topology (we're using quite a few VRFs to emulate different geographical areas)
3. The detailed layer 1 topology.
In other words, I'd like to get a bird's eye view of the physical or virtual topology, and then zoom in to a particular device and see its connections. I could do it in Visio but I'm hoping to find something automated since manually tracking changes in a lab would be a royal pain. I've researched quite a few products and can't find anything that fits my needs. Does anyone have any suggestions?
If you know the snmp strings, solarwinds has some tools that could help you. Someone mentioned a product called spiceworks in a similar thread that may be an option. Also, ciscoprime Lms has the layer 2 topology mapping as does HPs IMC.