we're using brocade/foundry FWS series switches. it's a flat network. we have a gbic in the first port of the 4 port gbic module on each of the switches.
I would like to add a 2nd in as a 2 gig trunk. we have the gbics in and the fiber connected.
here's the tough part: I can only have myself touching the switches, no one else is available to help. and they are 20 minutes apart connected only by this single link. so if it goes down, i have to drive 25 minutes to the other site. if I have to do this once, that's fine. But to do it twice is not good, let alone more.
question 1: is this possible without downtime? they are very far apart and I can't easily run to the other one, nor can I have someone at both sites at once.
question 2: if there has to be temporary downtime while I drop the existing trunk, is this what has to happen:
1. drop trunk setting on one site (do remotely from site I'm at).
2. drop trunk on other site (where I'm at)
3. recreate trunk at site I'm at.
4. drive to remote site and recreate trunk there as well.
Or can I do this:
1. at site I'm at, drop trunk.
2. recreate 2 port trunk. link is now back up (even though only using 1 port at remote site)
3. drive to remote site, drop trunk
4. recreate 2 port trunk at remote site.
keep in mind, these switches are connected via a private L2 vlan, but not physically connected directly. so it seems to me that I can drop it at one site and recreate and it will go right back up, but still at 1 gig. does that make sense?
lastly, whatever the best way, please provide commands to a newbie. gui or CLI is fine.