Can you have multicast on a switch separating it from the rest of the network?

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Dec 4th, 2009
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I am trying to understand how mulitcast works and have read a few documents out there. We have a 6 servers that requires mulitcast, however we do not feel comfortable doing this on our catalyst 6509 because it's our main switch/router and the servers plug directly into this. What we were thinking of doing is adding a 2950 or 2960 to have only these 6 servers and allow multicast throughout this switch but not on the uplink, the uplink will be plugging back into the 6509. Will this work? Any help is greatly appreciated!



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Nagendra Kumar ... Fri, 12/04/2009 - 10:02
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Hi Joanna,

Can you explain more about your requirement?.

When you say the servers requires multicast. Are they going to be receivers or Mcast source?. who will be audience for this multicast traffic?.

If your requirement is in a way, only these 6 servers will be communicating among themselves using multicast, I guess you can achieve it with current 6509 by having them in separate VLANs.




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