Connect 7204 Router to two different switches on the same network.

I have two dell 6224 switches that I want to connect to a Cisco 7204.   I would like to connect the 6224's to the 7204 on the same LAN. I also have multiple linux servers that are  bonded and have connections to each 6224 switch. The 6224's have multiple vlans on them. I am trying to provide some sort of redundancy in case on of the switches goes down.  I do not want to do any sort of load balancing to/from the servers, I would prefer to know all traffic is on switch1 and if that failed switch two would take over. The configuration looks like this

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   6224   6224
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My question is will this configuration  work? Can I have the same configuration on the switches? Do I need to be running VRRP on the switches?

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You should not mix vendor, specificly in this case.
It probably will be unposible to achive, or will requare a lot of effort.
callapdAuthor Commented:
I do not have a choice at this time. I would have prefer to have all Cisco, but I have to deal with what I have.  
then you probably should get ectensive tach support from both vendor.More likely , it will turn out be not possible.
I would  not be able advise anything else.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Are the Dell switches providing routing functions or are they being used as layer 2 switches?

If they're layer 3, then you could run a routing protocol and let handle the failover.

If they're layer 2, then the question is does each NIC on the server have a separate IP address? If so, you would still use a routing protocol.

If the server NIC's don't have separate IP addresses, then spanning tree is how fault tolerance would be performed.

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callapdAuthor Commented:
The Dell switches are providing routing funtions, with multiple vlans. The nics are bonded and have 1 ip address, with eth0 going to one Dell 6224 switch and eth1 going to the other Dell 6224. So I would need to set spanning tree up on the switches and weight one switch  higher than the other?
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
The NIC's are bonded... going to two separate switches? I didn't know that the Dell switches supported multi-chassis etherchannel. How are the Dells interconnected?
callapdAuthor Commented:
The dells have 2 ports  trunked between the two. I am very new to networking so I am not sure about all of this.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
I can't find anything that says the Dell's support multi-chassis etherchannel. Are you sure that you're teaming the NIC's on the server?
callapdAuthor Commented:
Yes the nic's on the servers are currently  configured as bond0. It is not a problem to change this if there is a better method to address my needs.

Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
No, it's okay. But that changes things.

You'll be running a routing protocol between the Dell's and the 7204 (RIP or OSPF).

For the Server-Dell link(s), VRRP will provide the necessary fault tolerance for default gateway services.
callapdAuthor Commented:
Do I have run VRRP on each vlan or is this a global configuration for the trunk port between the 6224's?
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
VRRP would be run on the same layer 3 interface that the server is on (most likely a VLAN interface).
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