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Load balance with Mac Pro

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I just bought a new dual core duo 3.0GHz Mac Pro with 2GB of ram. This has two NIC's in it I was wondering if there is any way to load balance these ports. Or if there is any way to improve the network speeds on my machine. I am running Quark's QCM server and we have about 35 people using it on a gigibit network and it just does everything slower then all the other computers. I need to boost my network speed badly.
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Hi zult21,

I am not sure how you want the load balancing to be done and pardon me that I have no experience in QCM.  There are two possibility that you can look at to improve the network throughput of your Server:

1 - Setup the server with two different IPs and make half of the staff on 1 IP and another half on the other.  I am not sure if this will work with QCM.

2 - The more elegant way is to make sure that you have a 802.23ad compliant switch and network card on your server.  I assume that you are running OS X Server.  OS X Server 10.4 has a Link Aggregation capability.  This will combine the two (or more) network card that you have into a virtual single card with the combination bandwidth.  The information of how to do it is here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=ServerAdmin/10.4/en/c3ha3.html
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Thank you very much slyoung. I did the server link aggergation on the server.
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