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Can a Dell PowerConnect 5012 be set up forFailover

Is it possible to set up two Dell PowerConnect 5012 switches so if one fails the other will take over?

I'm running windows server 2003. Sonicwall Pro 230 firewall, Dell PowerConnect 5012.

A single 5012 is up and running and I would like to know if I buy another one, could it be set up for failover on a windows os.

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giltjrCommented:
Not really.  Switches are not configured to fail over for each other.

What you need to do is have a second NIC in the Windows server that connects to the second 5012.  The second 5012 need to connect to your core network switch/router.

Then configure the two NIC's in a team.  That makes the two NIC's act like a single NIC.

If one of the 5012's fail that NIC will die and Windows will just use the "surviving" NIC.
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FastEddie___Author Commented:
Okay so... in that scenerio it wouldn't matter if the switches were different models right?

In my research I came accross a situation where someone did something like that with 2 PowerConnect 5012's but it could just as well have been different I'm guessing.

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FastEddie___Author Commented:
Oh and the setup that I saw was using linux.

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giltjrCommented:
No it would not matter if the switches were the same or not.   I would make sure that they both have the same capabilities.

The OS does not matter, as long as the OS support NIC teaming (also called bonding in Linux).
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