I am connecting two cables from two switches to my Windows Server 2008 machine. The ports are configured as access ports on the switch ports and are in the same VLAN. I want to setup basic redundancy on the Windows Server. I enable the bridge and everything seems to work as expected. However, I believe Windows is running the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). On my switches, both ports show as Forwarding. That means either a loop is going on, or that Windows took care of making one interface behave in discarding/blocking state.
I would really like to disable STP on Windows so that it lets the BPDUs flow in the bridge. I want my switch to operate STP, not Windows. Does anyone have a clue on how to configure STP on Windows?
This question is about a very specific issue. I am not looking for alternative solutions other than an STP-based one. I cannot implement any form of NIC Teaming on the server.
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