Port Trunking between Cisco and Dell
Posted on 2006-05-25
This is the situation; I have 3 Switches, Cisco 3500- 48 Port with 2 GBIC Ports, Cisco 3550- 48 Port with 2 GBIC Ports, and a Dell 6024F with 24 SFP slots.
I don't feel stacking them via 1 GB Fiber is going to be enough bandwidth between switches. I want to trunk the 2 ports on each Cisco switch and trunk two ports each (4 ports) on the Dell switch therefore giving me more bandwidth for stacking. I currently do not have multiple VLANS setup on the network.
I have all the proper GBIC and SFP cards available, MM Fiber and 1 GB Copper.
My question is, how do I go about doing this the best way? There is a simple web interface to the 6024F to setup trunking. Is trunking the best way to go about this? Also, could someone give me command examples for the Cisco CLI? I have never updated the switches' firmware and am not very familar with Cisco equipment.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.