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Teaming up NICs on 6509

Hello Community,

I have a Dell Server, it has hot 2 NICs Each of them is connected to Cisco 6509 switch. I want make teaming for these nic's to get a better speed and redudancy.

Please help in commands.

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Re: Teaming up NICs on 6509

Hello Community,

I have a Dell Server, it has hot 2 NICs Each of them is connected to Cisco 6509 switch. I want make teaming for these nic's to get a better speed and redudancy.

Hi ,

The only only Cisco switch platforms that support multichannel (or split) etherchanneling is the 3750's that are stacked using the stackwise cabling.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps5023/products_configuration_example09186a00806cb982.shtml


And the 6500's using VSS.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps9336/prod_qas0900aecd806ed74b.html

With Vendor Teaming softwares you can connect each of your NIC port to a different switches then use NIC teaming utility to create a team. When you create a team, the software creates a virtual NIC that combines your two NIC to be one. You only use one IP address that set in virtual NIC. The two physical NICs suppose to be unselected on IP address value. That said, you created a failover NIC teaming and it's fully redundant. If you try to create a load balancing environment, your two switches need to cross talk to each other. Check page 41 of this guide:
support.dell.com/support/edocs/network/r35278/broadcom%20nic%20teaming_1.1_final.doc

Hope to Help !!

Ganesh.H

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Re: Teaming up NICs on 6509

Do you want to connect both NICs to a single 6509? Or do you want to connect the NICs on two different 6500? As Ganesh suggests, you can only use VSS 6500 or 3750 stacks if you want connect NICs in two different physical switches.

if you want to connect both NICs on the same switch, you configure the Dell server to 802.3ad. Then, you configure the ports on the switch to be etherchannel mode desirable:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst6500/ios/12.2SX/configuration/guide/channel.html#wp1020670

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