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SMS 2003 with 2 NIC's What would be the best way to configure and connect them using static IP? Can they be on different VLAN's? And what about Bridging them? Thanks

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Steve:
What are you trying to do? Are you trying to increase bandwidth or do you need to sit on two different networks?

Some network cards and some switches support port aggregation on a single network. Cisco calls it etherchannel.

On the other hand, if you want to connect to different networks, it should be straightforward to configure both nics to work on their respective networks. Only one should have a default gateway.

I don’t recommend doing bridging or routing on a microsoft server unless you have no choice. Given the price of appliance routers or the performance of linux on old junk, you shouldn’t have to do this.
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  • Larrythethird
    I agree with astronomer. Bridging servers is a last resort. The only servers we bridge are our multi-VLAN DNS servers. That said, and again agreeing with astronomer, you really need to define what you want to accomplish. From the vague question, it doesn't really appear that you have a overall plan for this network. Deciding how, where, and why everything is connected on a network is the first task. Even on a network you inherit. Maps, documentation and a overall plan keep the network running smoothly.
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  • Bobkberg
    Sorry Steve23, I replied to the other (duplicate) posting. Sometimes these things happen. Anyway, I essentially agree with astronomer. The key point is: Make sure you understand your own objective first. Then worry about the details. Bob
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