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By stngfan1 ·
I'm intrested in purchasing a gig switch for 5 W2K servers. I have 10/100 nics already installed in each server. I've added gig nics in each server too. I would like to hook up these servers together using the gig nics and a gig switch.

Can I leave the 10/100 nics running and connected to my LAN, for file/print use, and use the gig nics connected to each server and the gig switch to run just my backup and ghost software?

I'm using AD, wins,dns... I would not hook up the gig switch tothe LAN, so there would not be two paths to each server.

Let me know what you think of this config, or a better one.

I've looked into using a Cisco Gig swith to connect to my other cisco 10/100 switches, however it is over $6000 for one switch. I can get a 12 port gig switch alone for $800, and leave them seperate.

TM

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by Churdoo In reply to Gig backbone

There's nothing wrong with this configuration. In fact, it's better than connecting the gigabit switch to your main switches because it's a good way to keep your backup and ghost traffic OFF of your main network, and vice versa.

I would suggest that you address the Gigabit network as a separate network (for example, if your main network is 192.168.1.0/24, then your gigabit network could be 192.168.2.0/24) and do not have the gigabit interfaces register in DNS or WINS, so that you don't run into naming conflicts ... you don't want your resolver handing out the Gigabit IP for Server1, Server2, etc. to a client on the main network looking for a file share, it won't be able to find it.

However, for resolution of the gigbit network, you can add static entries to WINS and DNS but with different host names (like server1gig, server2gig, etc.) pointing to the IP of the gigabit interfaces. This way, you point your backup server and/or Ghost server to \\server1gig and they find server1 using the gigabit interface, and you don't have to remember all of the IP's.
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