configuring 2 distribution switches

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Mar 31st, 2007
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Hi all, im implementing 2 distribution switches in my lan, they are both in seperate server room, is the best way to have each of my access switches connected to both dist switches, and would I also connect the 2 dist switches directly together ?

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The best way would be to connect both the distribution switches directly and for redundancy you can go for etherchannel between them.Divide your access layer switches into two halfs and distribute to both the distribution layer switches. In case you want to have redundancy at the access layer level as well then cross connect all access layer switches with the distribution layer switches.

royalblues Sun, 04/01/2007 - 05:59
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Connect the 2 distribution switches on a layer 2 link or through a layer2 etherchannel.

Uplinks from each access switch must terminate on both the distribution switches for redundancy..

You can then configure HSRP / MHSRP for traffic load balancing as well

HTH, rate if it does


carl_townshend Sun, 04/01/2007 - 09:11
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how would i distribute so some links go to one and some to the other ? do you mean , making one dist switch root for vlan 1, and the 2nd dist switch root for vlan 2, and make secondary root/backup of each other ?

royalblues Sun, 04/01/2007 - 09:36
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Yes you got that right



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