Im planning on upgrading the NICs in a few of the files servers we have,
the current spec spec of the file servers are server 2003 R2 with a single 1 gig connection direct to the core switch which are 3com
The servers are HP Proliant ML370
We have a flat layer 2 network
We have aprox 300 clients (secondary school) which could all be connected at the same time
Now i read an article that you can aggregate the NICs, these being multiple NICs or a single NIC which say 2 or 4 ports into a single aggregated link with the switch (provided the switch can be told that the certain ports are aggregated) (which my 3com switch can as we use aggregated links from the core to other edge switches).
Now my questions are
1.is there a good way to work out if there is a bottleneck between the file server and the core switch
2. If i start adding extra or better NICs should i go with 3com as i have 3com switches or will it not matter
3. How do i set them up to be aggregated?