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POWER Systems Network Card

I have an 8203-E4A system that I just purchased a network card for (feature 5623).  It is a dual-port Ethernet adapter.  I currently have the system up and running in production with an existing 5623 card in it.  I am using both ports (one for LAN access, other for Operations Console connectivity).  I purchased the second card for failover.  I wanted to swap these cards, so that I can verify that the one I just purchased works.  I am unsure as to how that will work as far as my connectivity to the system is concerned.  

     In the networking realm, is a POWER system like Microsoft (ie., I can change the card and the system will tie the new hardware to the existing ETHERNET Device Description), or like UNIX (network configuration is tied to a MAC address so when I change the card I will lose connectivity [console & LAN] to the system?  Has anyone done this before?
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bitxpertAuthor Commented:
Basically just need to know if I will lose all my network connectivity if I swap out the network interface card (feature 5623) in a 8203-E4A system.
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SouljaCommented:
Do you mean physically swap them. If so, you will still need to configure the card with the appropriate ip addressing if needed. MAC wise you should be find unless the switch the card is connected to is using some type of port security and has a hard-coded mac on it.
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carlmdCommented:
If the objective is just to test the new card, why not just add it while leaving the existing one in place. I am not familiar with i series systems, but in p series (similar hardware) you can have serveral (depending on system) lan cards. I would think the i series is the same.

Check the hardware documentation (on line) to determine the correct slot to plug in the new card. Configure, and you should be good to go.
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bitxpertAuthor Commented:
I just spoke with someone that has done this before, and here is what I learned, just for future reference.  

1) The 8203-E4A system has only one slot that is capable of fitting a feature 5623 daughter card.
2) If you were to swap this card, all network connectivity is most likely lost and will have to be restored using the system's front panel.


Thanks for all the suggestions.
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bitxpertAuthor Commented:
Other answers weren't feasible and/or impossible to perform.
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