Best Practice: Connecting bonded Linux interfaces to a pair of Cisco 2960G
Posted on 2009-04-07
I'm a linux SA (not much network knowledge). I've been rolling out Openfiler SANs (think linux), with a pair of bonded GigE interfaces on our LAN. They are on a seperate VLAN.
We have a pair of Catalyst 2960G that we wil be using to put these on the network. What are my options?
1) Is there a way to spread the two bonded SAN interfaces across the switches, and if so, what are the steps? I'm willing to interconnect the two switches however is necessary, and am willing to use any bonding mode on the linux side save for maybe mode 1 (active-backup), although I would consider that if it were the only option.
2) If not, and I have to put both interfaces on the same switch, what the best way to do that? Which bonding mode would work best, and what are the setup steps?
Right now each pair is bonded round-robin, and is attached to a single switch. Things are running, but I didn't do anything special bonding-wise on the switch and I suspect I'm giving the switch a headache.
Thanks for any help.