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gig ports on switch

Posted on 2007-03-26
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i have a cisco 2960 switch. my predessor connected up a few servers to the switch . they are on the 100mb side of the switch. as far as i can see there is 8 gbps ports. there are gbps ports on the switch. is there any reason why they wudnt be cabelled into the gig ports or did the guy have no clue at all
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by:batry_boy
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There could be several reasons why:

1.  The servers couldn't support Gigabit Ethernet speeds if they only have Fast Ethernet NIC's installed
2.  VLAN's could be implemented where those ports are in a separate network segment and the servers were placed here for network segmentation purposes
3.  There were other devices that needed the Gigabit speed more than the servers (although this is unlikely)
4.  The guy didn't have a clue at all!

Take your pick...you may only find this one out if you're able to ask the guy...
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by:mikeleahy
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sorry, should have been clearer . the server has two gibabit NICS. nothing at all is plugged into the gigabit ports.
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If you have more servers than gig ports, then I would say you should utilize the gig ports for the servers that have the highest volume of traffic...you may want to look at the switch port configuration on those gig interfaces to make sure there aren't any abnormal settings that are inconsistent with your environment, i.e. portfast, VLAN memberships, speed and duplex settings, etc.
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