speckytecky (10th June 2008)
If you team the two ports and plug each port into a different switch it will give you abit of redundancy incase one switch dies, you another to fall back on.
Our storage server is a bit overkill, we have 4 HP network cards teamed in it, until recently it was just 2. It does have storage for all our users doucments, and all the shared areas on it, so the extra bandwidth can't do it any harm.
The HP network teaming tool is very good, most manufacturers also to their own variations so it's worth looking for them if they exist for your network cards, rather than using the built in Windows options in my opinion.
Just check that they are both network cards. Some servers (most of our HPs) have an additional managment port that connects to a web server built into the motherboard, lets you do hard reboots etc. remotely.
On our server, we have 1 network port for external (Internet) traffic and the other for internal (network) traffic.
IBM make a point about users not having to license for advanced LOM features, but then you have to order a RSA II slimline card to get a fully featured LOM experience on some ibm servers, so IBM charge for it in hardware and HP charge for it in feature activation - not much difference really. The only ones that don't add an iLO 'tax' for full functionality are Sun, and those who've used the iLO on Sun X4x00's say it's the best LOM implementation out of all the vendors. I've only used DRAC so i can't comment.
Normally the BMC/iLO port is clearly defined, on Dell servers it's a little spanner icon if you've order the option the DRAC option, suns standar ELO port on it's X2x00's just says 'net mgmt'
out of interest what feature(s) did you require of the iLO advanced that weren't available with the standard iLO on the proliant ? Surely the standard iLO let's you do basic stuff like remote power on.
On a linux machine, specifically Squid Proxy.
Two is ideal, one for inbound/outbound traffic from lan, and the other for inbound/outbound traffic from the Internet.
So the internet is theoretically never connected to the lan. The middle man and IPtables tell it what to-do with certain traffic. Good for a easy "load balance"
I use one for the LAN and one for the iSCSI SAN per server. 2 Ports good.
I don't really need the extra functionality, the only bit I really use is the powerbutton control, but the full console control of the machine from within iLO would be handy. However terminal services will suffice for my needs as it's not worth the extra expence for the number of times it is likely to be used.
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