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LACP is the most popular way to do this nowadays since it allows for total bandwidth aggregation and link redundancy. However you rightly point out that you cannot do this with two separate switches, unless they can be stacked together to form a single logical switch. A lot of intel NIC's provide several options in the driver / management application for ...


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Can you post dmesg output? Generally speaking, the best way to figure this out is to look in the chassis management module. It should have an option to enumerate devices within the blade. (I would comment, but low rep) EDIT: I no longer have a valid IBM support entitlement, so I can't link you directly, but it looks like you have the eHEA model. There ...


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For cables that have been constructed to the relevant standards the colour coding is well defined by TIA/EIA-568 and the pin to pin wiring is straight through so pin1 goes to pin 1 and so on.


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Sure. Don't bind DHCP to the first NIC. Don't create a DHCP Scope for the first NIC's subnet. Either of these will do the job, it's not necessary to do both.


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What you are describing is in RFC3704. Apple is a BSD based OS and still has a fair amount different then Linux. In BSD they don't keep this setting in the kernel but in PF. From what I can tell Apple is assuming that everything is in an environment where routing is symmetric. The particular setting is done using the urpf-failed keyword in filter rules: ...



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