IP Address Limitation?
Posted on 2004-10-08
How many IP addresses can you safely put onto a single Windows 2003 server and still maintain a usuable system? I attempted to put 16 Class C blocks (4096 IPs) on a single NIC and the system was acting very loopy and we had to remove them through the registry as we could not even access the NIC card through GUI anymore among other strange things.
I have successfully bound 8 Class C Blocks (2048 IPs) divided between two NIC cards. I have no idea if dividing the IPs between NIC cards had anything do with it, and I would like to know if I am running into a hardware or OS limitation? I.E. Could I use 4 NIC cards to get 16 Class C's bound? Or does the OS just not like more than XX# of IPs?
The system we are testing is a 2U Rackmounted Dual Xeon 3Ghz with 2GB Ram. I do understand that technically there is no limit from the docs I have read, but we have found that there probably "should be" as windows does not like what we attempted to do.
Secondary optional question, where does Linux stand on this same issue?