Is throughput limited on cascading switches?

Two switches are cascaded.  Server 1 is on switch 1.  A number of PCs are on switch 2.  Are the PCs sharing the bandwidth of the one uplinked port when connecting to server 1?  Can several ports be used on switch 1 for the uplink to increase the available bandwidth?  How would this be done, specifically on Cisco 2900 switches?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
"Are the PCs sharing the bandwidth of the one uplinked port when connecting to server 1?"
Yes

"Can several ports be used on switch 1 for the uplink to increase the available bandwidth?"
Yes. Using FastEtherchannel.

"How would this be done, specifically on Cisco 2900 switches?"
Connect 2 ports on switch 1 to 2 ports on switch 2. Then:

Switch#config t
Switch(config)# interface range f0/1 - 2
Switch(config-int)# channel-group 1 mode desirable (or "on")
Switch(config-int)# end

Do this on the interfaces of both switches that are connected to each other.

-Don

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