We will be installing Emulab on the servers. This enables users to specify what image they want to boot on any subset of the nodes. Emulab involves 2-3 special purpose machines, the rest are started and configured via PXE boot.
Here is the guide I've been following:
The guidelines give instructions for SNMP and VLAN configuration on Cisco or Nortel switches. We, however, have some older 3COM switches at the moment.
3COM SuperStack II apparently supports up to 16 VLANs, and has an interface accessible from IP. Here are more details: