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What is the best setup when replacing hubs with new switches?

We recently purchased 3com SS3 BSL 10/100 24 Port Plus 2 10/100/1000 switches to replace all of our hubs. What is the best setup for this? Should we plug all our servers into one switch and then feed the rest of our switches which hold our users through the 1000bt ports? What is your suggestion?

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Generally, you should keep the servers' connectivity physically separate from the users. So using separate switches for connecting servers and users is a good choice. If possible, you should also have isolation at Layer 3 to ensure that any broadcast storms in your user portion of the network don't affect your servers. This can be done by assigning a separate subnet to the servers and routing between your users and servers, or by configuring VLANs to separate servers from the users.

This was first published in June 2004

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