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smart load balancing two unstacked switches
researching the internet but getting opposite answers:
two unstacked switches (but trunked)
1 Windows server 2008R2 with 4x 331FLR Broadcom cards
goal: when one switch, card or cable fails still connectivity
Broadcam BASP software for teaming
Smart load balancing or LACP
My opinion: for LACP to configure I need the two switches to be stacked and act as one. This is not possible anymore.
Smart Load Balancing and Failover should work, even if connected to two unstacked switches without problems if one of the switches failes. One ip only on the team of 4 nics.
Do you guys agree although LACP may be more professional. It is not complete clear what advantage LACP would bring but stacking the switches is due to business not an option anymore.
8/22/2022 - Mon
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I forget to add that the two switches are trunked with utp cables, but not stacked. I will try next week and pull out the power off one switch and see if server is still reachable by the other switch.
Don't doubt yourself. you've already said they weren't stacked... :-)
as its not LACP, you may find a brief drop occurs, but it's worth a try. If it doesn't work check your teaming config.
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