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A LAN refresh implementation can range from being a seamless deployment to a troublesome project. The difference between the two ends of the spectrum and all gradients in between is the degree of design and planning work that is done pre-implementation. The physical deployment of the equipment is typically not technically challenging, but the success of the implementation rests on the validity of the logical network design and deployment planning. This implementation checklist covers the following key components of a LAN refresh:
- Design checklist.
- Project plan checklist.
- Pre-implementation checklist.
- Post-implementation checklist.
While the complexity of the network environment will largely dictate the level of design and planning required, all enterprises should be prepared to spend time and resources to ensure that the LAN refresh project is properly scoped and planned.