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    Bridging?

    Can someone explain, in idiot speak, what bridging is?

    We have a server which has 2 NIC's in it. These have been 'bridged'.

    Why would this be done, and what benefits does it bring? Does it increase speed of the network when all clients are on the same subnet, i.e. 10.22.*.* ?

    Please be gentle, I know jack about Windows 2003 Server.


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    I'm not too familiar with Win2k3 servers, but it's worth noting that bridging in many network cases concerns connecting two different network segments together at the data layer, ie it does it routing based on MAC addresses rather than IP addresses. Often bridges are physical devices like switches and hubs, but it's possible to use a computer to do bridging.

    The wikipedia article is quite good: Bridging (networking) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and I probably can't do a better explanation
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    This Technet article explains it pretty well

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    I used to work on a Token Ring network which was bridged - to start with it used Netbeui as the protocol.......which was a nightmare. [ non-routable ] - things got a bit easier when we moved to IP but then found out that Windows95 had real problems with Netbeui over bridges [ unless you installed the latest Winsock ] - NT4 had a similar problems until Fixpack 6.
    I bet most of the young ones on here have never heard of Netbeui thinking about it. Banyan Vines anyone ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Banyan Vines anyone ?
    I was doing alright upto this point! Thankfully Wikipedia is my friend [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan_VINES]Banyan VINES - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    @Sparkeh - the diagrams in that technet article explain bridging very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    I used to work on a Token Ring network which was bridged - to start with it used Netbeui as the protocol.......which was a nightmare. [ non-routable ] - things got a bit easier when we moved to IP but then found out that Windows95 had real problems with Netbeui over bridges [ unless you installed the latest Winsock ] - NT4 had a similar problems until Fixpack 6.
    I bet most of the young ones on here have never heard of Netbeui thinking about it. Banyan Vines anyone ?


    Ahh Netbeui I have fond memories, no real configuration and pretty damn fast it really didn't scale very well though, more chatty than Alan Carr

    As for Token Ring the council still use it. It's getting to be a pain apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Ahh Netbeui I have fond memories,
    Fond memories? Really?

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    i re call net bui when I was doing peer to peer between my laptop and desktop computers at home using a cross over cable ( think windows 2000 and windows xp at the time )

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    i re call net bui when I was doing peer to peer between my laptop and desktop computers at home using a cross over cable ( think windows 2000 and windows xp at the time )
    I recall doing something with NetBEUI on a couple of Win98 PC's sometime back in the late 90's, trying to get Command & Conquer working or something like that! Sadly my IT career went off in a different direction to servers & networks so here I am a dozen or so years later still trying to work it all out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    This Technet article explains it pretty well
    Have to say, I'd already read that, and whilst it sort of made some sense, it still didn't leave me with a very clear idea of what was what. I do have a head of fluff today though, makings of a migraine I fear, so probably not absorbing much today. Thanks anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Can someone explain, in idiot speak, what bridging is?
    Like wot a switch does, except in software rather than a dedicated bit of hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Like wot a switch does, except in software rather than a dedicated bit of hardware.

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    +1 rep. Direct, to the point, and way over simplified

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    I bet most of the young ones on here have never heard of Netbeui thinking about it. Banyan Vines anyone ?
    Not being young, I remember all of this stuff :-)

    Am I dreaming, or did RM (possibly still RML in those days!) do a product called Smartbridge for bridging Netbeui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Not being young, I remember all of this stuff :-)

    Am I dreaming, or did RM (possibly still RML in those days!) do a product called Smartbridge for bridging Netbeui.
    Why are you in the old farts group then ?
    I miss the old days......coax, bridges, DOS LAN, manually setting jumper switches etc. These days everything is point and click.............BORING.

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    Not even point and click for some of it! We've gone from setting ports and IRQs with jumpers on network cards to doing it point and click to having it all done for us.

    Not long now before the computers take over and we can all be disposed of :-)

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