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LAN Design

We are moving three of our servers to another room. The servers support a NT domain of 87 users. Two of the servers are domain controllers. One of those domain controllers is also the file and print server. Another one of those servers is the mail server. They would be on a separate segment that connects to a much larger network where the segment of the 87 users reside.

What would be the best implementation to connect this new segment to the other. Is installing a switch in the new room and connecting it to a cat5 cable that runs to the main switch adequate to support the 3 servers? Will it cause bottlenecks? Or is a fiber connection the way to go?


Re: LAN Design

I cannot come to any conclusion with the information provided. It would be a good idea to study the current traffic patterns and load on these servers and take a decison accordingly.

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Re: LAN Design


Smalkeric is correct in suggesting a study of the current traffic.

Your choice of aggregate bandwidth is not limited between 100 and 1000 Mb/s. Using FastEtherChannel you can bundle up to 400Mb/s bandwidth depending on the type of switch that you deploy.

Make sure that your trunk patch cable meets Ethernet distance specifications.

Regards and good luck,