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Direct link for 2 servers

By kevin_h ·
Can anybody help me with the following?

Just as a brief outline of setup, we have a windows 2000 network with 5 servers.

Imagine you have two servers (A and B) both with two network ports. On each of the servers one network port is connected to the office network in the usual way (ie via the switch).

I want to put a cable (cross-over) between the two servers and guarantee that any data requested by A that resides on B comes via the direct link and not via the switch (which will take longer and create general network traffic).

Obviously we could assign a IP address in a different range between the two to keep those ports separate but how do we know data will not still come via the switch??

Any help on this much appreciated.

Cheers.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Direct link for 2 servers

Local subnet routing on a NIC will take presidence over a routed destination using the default gateway.
This is how IP routing works.
I agree that you should put the 2nd NIC of each server on a different subnet than your normal network, one that is not routed any other way.
Say your network is typically 192.168.0.0/24. I would put the 2nd NIC in 192.168.1.0/24
That should do it.

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