Dual Network Card setup - help

Discussion in 'Network questions and troubleshooting' started by }{Enforcer}{, May 20, 2002.

  1. }{Enforcer}{

    }{Enforcer}{ Guest

    Since I upgraded my server (Twin P3 1Ghz) I've turned it into my file server and my game server when I host lan paties and it has worked rather well up till now.<br>
    I'm going to a *rather large* lan party in KY end of the month (MillionManLan for those who are curious) and decided one network card wasn't going to be enough... LONG STORY SHORT<br>
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    does anyone know how to set up dual network cards for file sharing, etc? I want to have 2 lines people can pull from if one is maxing out with transfers.<br>
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    I'm going to be running either Windows 2000 Server or a MSDN release of .NET Server so if you're telling me to install linux... you can F- off.<br>
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    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated
     
  2. My Mistake

    My Mistake Guest

    Well Dave might suggest Linux, but knowing how to set that up is beyond the time contraints you might encounter.<br>
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    You refer to something that is called port trunking (in the hardware world). This is a setting on a layer 2 or 3 switch that basically gets 2 or 4 ports (sometimes more, but its rare on lower end systems) of a switch and combines them into a theroetical single speedy port. <br>
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    Yet on a software side of things (i presume that is the angle of attack), you should be looking to bridge the two/three nics. On WinXP pro and i would hope w2kserver there is this option. If you are worried about 100Mbit, then wack in another NIC as you suggest. The bridge should then take care of the rest.<br>
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    I hope you know to set both NICS to 100Mbit full duplex, otherwise your game server might start introducing dumbarse lags and basic high latency effects due to the ammount of info flowing in and out of your system. Grab two high-end intel NICs, this will ensure reliability and efficency.
     
  3. }{Enforcer}{

    }{Enforcer}{ Guest

    True, Linux would be a better way to go, but I'm not lowering my standards to running linux on a dual P3 server. <IMG SRC="smileys/sticktongue.gif"><br>
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    ANYWAYS....<br>
    thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I was playing with the bridge connection feature of XP server (but ran into another problem with my video card) but after booting to save mode i noticed a few settings under the newly created connection that jogged my memory from trying to do this before<br>
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    keep the thread alive... i'm sure i'll be replying here before long!<br><br><i>This message was edited by }{Enforcer}{ on 20 May 2002 11:08 AM</i>
     
  4. My Mistake

    My Mistake Guest

    If you run in to problems just post, i think i will be sticking around here for a bit.
     

  5. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    there are allways people doing things the hard way, with windows. <IMG SRC="smileys/sticktongue.gif"> <br>
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    seriously, unless you have a bucket load of time to dump into it win 2k and a couple of nics should do the trick. <br>
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    Just gotta watch this guys advice on routers. <IMG SRC="smileys/eek.gif">
     
  6. Ant

    Ant Don Michael Corleone

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    Hmm.. Dave is your router broadcasting your web server yet ?<br>
    Cos if it isnt then i will gladly come and fix it again.
     
  7. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    The way I've been hit with work this last month I'm pressed for time on things pc related. other than that, all is good Ant, thanks.
     

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