After struggling for bit I finally was able to get in to the Dell PowerConnect 2824 I acquired. Story behind this purchase is I have 4 Virtualization Servers with 2 - 8 tb NAS' they both can do nic bonding/teaming. I understand that setting up LAG will only increase bandwidth and not speed. However it will give me performance as I save the VMs to an NFS Store that is shared among the Virtual Hosts. I also do backups to these NAS' as well. So with that said can someone point me to a tutorial on how to create a VLANs and LAG. Also can I attach a LAG to a VLAN my thought is I would like to use port 21-24 for LAG I would put the NAS' on these ports and make it VLAN 3 at least that's what I hope to do. And do they need to be tagged or untagged, I do know that DPC 2824 doesn't play well with more than one untagged vlan.
P.S. I currently have a Cisco 3750 24 port switch on this network with 3 VLans 1 - is the external network to internet, I have VLan 10 Set as an internal private network, & I have VLan 99 setup as a management network that only my workstation has access to. Each of these VLans have an IP associated with them for management of course. (Do I have to do that with the DPC2824?)
I hope I explained this properly, Thanks for your time,
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Page 104 shows LAG configuration. https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_ser_stor_net/esuprt_networking/esuprt_net_fxd...
The answers to your other questions should also be in the manual.
On Page 104 of the PowerConnect User's Guide I see this Load Balance: Layer 2, Layer 3, Layer 2/3 <- What do each of these mean? How does this affect my choices on the other side of the connection? In this case a NAS with 2 nics to allow for LAG configuration.
On my NAS I have a Selection of Port Trunking with the following Options:
Now my question is which one of my Dell Side matches the NAS Side? Which one is the LACP or What does the Load Balance mean for Layer 2, Layer 3, or Layer 2/3 <- Is this one the equivalent of 802.3ad? Which one is sufficient enough to do Balance-rr?
These type of things need to be explained in greater detail for us who are not of the expert level.
This is the Users guide (Page 104) definition:
Load Balance — Indicates the load balancing type enabled on the LAG. The possible field values are:
– Layer 2 — Enables load balancing based on static and dynamic MAC addresses.
– Layer 3 — Enables load balancing based on source and destination IP addresses.
– Layer 2-3 — Enables load balancing based on static and dynamic MAC addresses, and source and
destination IP addresses.
Do you see anything pertaining to 802.3ad/LACP or even Balance-rr here in this definition? I sure don't. I just get frustrated when things like this get thrown out there and there is no reference to it and it's assumed I know what this is.
P.S. Please forgive me for my frustration, & my stupid questions. I promise I am trying to learn this as fast as I can and I do thank you guys for putting up with me.
It depends on which NAS you have, but most likely layer 2 balancing is fine. So when multiple local systems connect it will load balance. Layer 3 matters more when you have a lot of different VLANs connecting.