VLAN setup advice

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We have a network with Windows Servers, Windows Clients, Mac servers and Mac Clients. We have HP Pro Curve’s 4000M and a ProCurve 6108 as our switches. Should we setup VLANs? Can it be beneficial?
ASKED: September 20, 2010  3:38 PM
UPDATED: February 14, 2011  7:59 PM

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Depends. Vlan’s separate the network so do you want to separate the network for any reason?. Maybe for security reasons or for sizing purpose (is your network growing bigger than you expected?). Most people that create Vlans do it basically for these two reasons, amongst many.

Hope this helps

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Agreed – the best reason for segregating traffic is 1) for security, 2) to group like users/applications aND 3) Scalability / control of growth…

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  • Matt Mather
    I would say yes. If you are running a large flat network then you will have all hosts in the same broadcast domain. This is suboptimal and there are performance benefits to running VLAN alone. Other good reason are security and scalability but bear in mind that you need to configure a router or L3 device to route between VLANs. I believe that the 6108 can do this for you.
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