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VRRP on Dell 7048 switches

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I recently bought 2 x Dell Powerconnect 7048 switches which are connected together in what I believe to be stacked mode.

I need these two switches to be configured in a fail-over configuration and have been told to make use of VRRP. I'll be honest and say upfront that switches are not my speciality but with the help of my ISP, I have managed to get the routing side of the switch working.

I have attached diagrams of the current set up and would ask if someone could walk me through, step by step on how to configure VRRP.
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If you have these switches in a stack, they are seen as one switch so you can't use VRRP.  Now if one of the switches fail the other should take over routing, but make sure you have full mesh connectivity between these switches and the end hosts or access layer switches.
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Otherwise, take the switches out of the stack configuration and you will then be able to use them as VRRP group members.
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Which would you suggest as being the better option. From your answer I would have thought the stacked option as it seems quite simple an less to go wrong.

The way I was planning on setting this up from a servers point was to have 4 nics in each server bonded in pairs going to the two switches, this way any switch or any nic could fail without loosing connectivity. I will have two feeds from the isp on a virtual ip address feeding into each switch. This should take care of things, would you agree?

Lastly, you mentioned the switches should be configured in 'full mesh connectivity' is this effectively what I mentioned above in terms of the way its all connected up?
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Haha, yes your plan it good and I would go that route too. Yes, by having your devices connecting to both switches you don't have to worry if one fails.

Good deal man!
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