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HP Teaming

 
Tim4u
Occasional Contributor

HP Teaming

Hello people,

i would like to connect my DL 380 G7 (NC382i) with different teaming modes.
My goal is to have an active 2gbit trunk (lacp) and one that comes active if the first fails (nft).
Can somebody give me a hint how to achieve that with the Network Configuration Utility. Im using it on a Windows Server 2008. The switch configuration is not a problem, just the teaming configuration.

Thanks,
Tim
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Diego Castelli
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP Teaming

you need to use Switch Assisted Load Balancing to achieve each team's performances.

You can't Team Teams at O.S. level: it's not supported.

You should configure a 4 NICs team and then check if you are able to do 2 aggregations in failover on the switch.

But: Why don't you create a 4 Gb link, simply?
Diego C.

MS MCSA Server 2003

HP Accredited Integration Specialist
Tim4u
Occasional Contributor

Re: HP Teaming

Because the two teams "should" actualy go to two different access switches for high availability. What would you suggest me in this two switch scenario?
Diego Castelli
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP Teaming

What about stacking the two switches and so using a single-point configuration, joining ports from both the switches?

Another thing to consider is the kind of service you need to provide. Some services support Load Balancing scenarios in which one or more servers own different IP addresses and packets are Load Balanced / fallback.

Again: you cannot team up two teams with HP Network Configuration Utility.
You should look for another kind of solution.

IMHO the switch stacking is the best one and allows you to deliver 4 Gb.
Since the architectural problems in having SPOF is only hw-related here....
....if not, you should consider clustering servers by sw too. Distributing them over different switches shouldn't be a problem at that time.

Remember that only one man made miracles ....and was crucified....
Diego C.

MS MCSA Server 2003

HP Accredited Integration Specialist
Tim4u
Occasional Contributor

Re: HP Teaming

I thought that stacking is only a way for centralizing management and saving IP's and not for hooking up all used protocols, like lacp or spanning tree. Then ill read some more white papers..
Thanks for your opinion!
Diego Castelli
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP Teaming

in fact, depending on switch models/functionality, stacking provides a way to central manage more than one switch "joined" like one.

In that scenario you can configure ports belonging to different switches for use with LACP.

ByeBye
Diego C.

MS MCSA Server 2003

HP Accredited Integration Specialist