Connecting to servers via CAT6 cable

I am attempting to copy a large amount of data from one server to another.   2003 server to 2008 server  (both servers have 1gb NIC'S.  I HAVE been finding different answers:

1.  Is a cross connect require   (I believe :  Gigabit or 10 Gigabit devices in practice) use auto-MDIX to automatically switch to the proper configuration once a cable is connected. The other four wires are used but are not crossed since auto-MDIX is mandatory at the higher data rates (1000BASE-T transmits and receives on all pairs simultaneously without any dedicated send/transmit pairs).

I just want to be sure  (crunch time  --- have to move 500Gb of info from one to another and our network is pathetically slow.
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cable wont make much difference in data transfer speed (unless its fiber) use robo mirror application for your transfer, and do it after hours, it will be faster.....

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If you can, take a disk out of the old server and put it into the new one. This will be the fastest way if you can.
AkinsdNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Use Cat 6 to connect the servers to a switch with GB ports. That's when you get the advantage of Cat 6
If you have multiple NICs on your servers and if the NICs support teaming, team the NICs together. Also configure etherchannel ports (bundle multiple ports on the switch) to accomodate the teamed NICs

Same for the other server
4GB Ports teamed aggregates to 4GB port
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Is a cross connect require   (I believe :  Gigabit or 10 Gigabit devices in practice) use auto-MDIX to automatically switch to the proper configuration once a cable is connected.
Yes, auto-mdix is part of the 1000base-T spec, but that doesn't mean your NIC vendors follow it.

I would have both cables ready.  Try the straight through first. If it doesn't work, put in the crossover.

1000base-T crossover per Cisco.


Increasing the MTU to 9,000 will also help speed things along.

Unfortunately, using NIC teaming won't help if you're moving the data with one application since NIC teaming distributes the traffic on a per-flow basis.  If you want to take advantage of NIC teaming you could try to transfer the data using separate sessions of an application.  i.e. If you have four links between the servers, start four FTP sessions and have each session move 25% of the data. But even then, there's no guarantee that all four links will be utilized.
misterdAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Nothing help and I just abandoned the idea;  used a back device (dedupe) then restore the files from the backup
The question was answered and alternatives were given.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Agreed.  The question was answered.
misterdAuthor Commented:
Nothing worked for me and we lost the data (tried copying the files via cable) but was too slow and the contract was voided.  Close/delete the question
Still, the question was answered. Please award the point as appropriate.
misterdAuthor Commented:
Info that I already had  --- however it is done
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