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Resubnet in a 6504?

I have an interface in a Cisco 6504 that has been assigned an entire class C address space (255.255.255.0). We have only used about 20 of these addresses in the low end of the range.  I would like to use one of the unused address I have and assign it to another interface on the 6504 (have a blade with 24 SFP) so I can connect a new switch many miles away on a fiber optic cable.  The second switch would be also be assigned an address from the same class c range sort of like when you do a serial t-1 connection with a 252 subnet.  

Will I have to re-subnet the original interface that has the class c in order to make available more separate networks from which I can use the ip's on different interfaces on the 6504?  If I do, is the re-subnet procedure disruptive to the clients connected to that interface?

What I am ultimately trying to accomplish is connect a 3560E to the 6504 via fiber optic connection straight bewteen the devices.  The 3560 will be located at a facility owned by another local goverment and they will be connecting devices from their network to the 3560 for connection to systems in our neetwork.   The potential also exists though for that other agency to use the link between the two switches as an alternate Internet connection for them, as our 6504 is also our border gateway device.

I am sure I have confused the lot of you, so I apologize profusely for doing so,  Thanks.
Mike
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
>Will I have to re-subnet the original interface that has the class c in order to make available more separate networks from which I can use the ip's on different interfaces on the 6504?

Yes.

>If I do, is the re-subnet procedure disruptive to the clients connected to that interface?

No necessarily. As long as none of the addresses have to be changed, then it's just a matter of changing the masks on the existing devices.

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mwaters31Author Commented:
The only device connected would be the external interface of my firewall. But it does have about a dozen additional ip  address assigned to that nic.  They would all have to have their subnet masks changed as well then.  Firewall is natting everything inside so that should be good.

Would it be better to use a separate vlan between the two switches?  Then at the 6504, route traffic from new vlan into interface of our firewall?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
>Would it be better to use a separate vlan between the two switches?

Six of one, half dozen of the other.

Personally, I'd make the interfaces connecting the two switches layer three interfaces and assign the IP address there.


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mwaters31Author Commented:
That may make sense. Later, the possibility exists for that same agency to want to use that link for Internet traffic.  I would have to figure out how to separate the traffic destined for our internal network from the traffic destined for the Internet.  The traffic headed for our network will be mainly voice and video feed from a jail in another jurisdiction for video arraignment.  The other agency may want to use us as an Internet feed for them (since we have 1Gb fiber to a large NOC in Seattle) down the road.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
An ACL will do that.
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mwaters31Author Commented:
Yeah, I think I will make it layer three with IPs.  We just got our official IP block from ARIN and I will use a .252 subnet from within that to connect the two switches.  
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mwaters31Author Commented:
We went ahead and used separate IP's for the interfaces. Seems to work fine.
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