Thank you very much for trying to assist us here. This all started when we logged a call with Dell in SA and got told by the consultant that it was not possible to link the two switches in this manner, he obviously didn't want to send anyone out to check the switches. Since then, we've escalated this up to that consultants manager and they've now agreed to come out to the site to check things out.
But to answer your questions,
1. Yes, the SFP links stay up
2. When we experience problems, we do a ping -a and we get inconsistent pings.
3. The management interfaces are configured with different management IP's
For now, we'll get the local Dell support to troubleshoot the problem, thanks again for your assistence.
I know this is a very old thread - hopefully is still monitored.
I would like to know what is the procedure (hardware, software setup, cables, etc.) required in order to link two 2724 PowerConnect switches using one SFP port on each unit and optimally configuring the switches for a small business local network.
I am not a network engineer, no one in our small business is, but we are capable of following clear and step by step instructions. We want to do this under the assumption that it will be better this way compared to simply connecting e.g. port 24 on both units with Cat5e/6 copper wire.
We have a total of ~30 (mixed 1,000 / 100 Mbps and wired / wireless) clients, no VLANS, no LAGs, nothing fancy. Just the two 2724s in managed mode, each with a static IPs and with clients split 60/40 between the two. The switch with the 40% capacity is the one with the 3 servers present in the LAN. We have one Domain Controller (Microsoft Active Directory) one Terminal Server and one MS SQL Database server. All dell, all Win 2003 server x32 (the SQL is x64). So far, the network load is minimal, the system is only used for internet access, printing, and some (local and online) training but in anticipation for heavier usage I was wondering what needs to be done. Obviously, one 48-port switch would have been better but we inherited this setup and if possible we'd like to make it work with the existing hardware.
So, I think the way we chose to connect the two 2724s together is the first step. Can you please help us, we are looking for the most optimal setup.