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Load balance servers with 3560?

Here is my scenario...

I have two servers that are both connected to a single 3560 (SMI).

These two servers are in a primary/secondary relationship. Right now, if the primary server goes down - we need to manually configure the secondary server to take over.

I have two questions...

What is the best way to set up fault tolerance with these devices, so the secondary server will automatically kick in if the primary goes down?

In addition to that, is there any type of load balancing feature we can use on this both the primary/secondary servers can run at the same time?

Ideally, we would like communication to the second server kick in when the link to the primary server gets too congested.


Re: Load balance servers with 3560?

your best bet is to use IOS SLB or a content switch such as the cisco CSS series.

please see the following links for more info on ciscos CSS and SLB capabilities:

content switching (CSS) -

SLB - (example of use)


Re: Load balance servers with 3560?

SLB is only an option for 6500 switch, correct?

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Re: Load balance servers with 3560?

Thanks gpulos,

Aside for the load balancing aspect, I dont suppose there is a failover solution we can use instead?

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Re: Load balance servers with 3560?

If these are Microsoft-based servers you could use MS failover clustering. Check this Microsoft forum out:

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