Messy cabling or "spaghetti cabling" can be a nightmare to try and troubleshoot. Here's a tip that might help: Start from one end (e.g. the patch panel) and label the near termination point of one of the cables. Now loosely wrap a piece of velcro around the cable, then slowly push the Velcro loop along the cable until you reach the far termination of the cable. Label the far termination point. Repeat the process for the remaining cables.
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Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies. Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see http://www.mtit.com.