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Using additional NICs for P4500

Using additional NICs for P4500

Hello,

 

I know that the best practice would be to upgrade to 10GB cards, however is it possible to add an additional dual gigabit NIC card on the P4500 and have 4 gigabit interfaces to use?

 

 

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a_o
Valued Contributor

Re: Using additional NICs for P4500

I have not seen anything in the Best Practices docs or guides on this.

 

However,  I don't see why it wouldn't work.
Just remember to add more RAM to the NSM.
The standard 10GB kit includes 4GB of memory in addition to the NC550SFP card.

 

How are you thinking of using this card?

A separate additional bond, or a four NIC bond with the existing LOM NICs?

Emilo
Trusted Contributor

Re: Using additional NICs for P4500

The p4500 g1 do not support more then 2 NiCs in a bond

Re: Using additional NICs for P4500

Hello,

 

a_o: We are thinking about adding a secondary bond to the storage unit, to a separate switch. The unit currently has 48GB or RAM so it has enough RAM, the additional NIC card is shown during BIOS POST screens (before the controller information), however it is not recognized in the CMC (or I just can't find how to add it there).

 

Emilo: This is a G2 unit, sorry for not mentioning that earlier.

 

Sincerely,

George

 

Re: Using additional NICs for P4500

Also notice that the card that I installed is a HP 374443-001 NC380T Two Port PCIe GBit LAN Adapter.
Sbrown
Valued Contributor

Re: Using additional NICs for P4500

If you want to push the limits of storevirtual, best to do so with the VSA.

I think they frown upon stuffing your own parts into the servers, since they would have to support that.

You can run a 10gbit card at gigabit speed, if you want to put an approved nic into the server.