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VLAN - NOVELL Problem 11 years 10 months ago #6706

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Hi guys!

I've got problems in VLAN. We have setup a vLAN using hp switches and things are working fine - Windows Servers are working. But our dilemna is that we have a Novell server which has a very vital role in the company and i wonder if it will work in our vlan? I think vLAN uses tcpip and since novell uses ipx is it possible?

Thanks!!!!

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Re: VLAN - NOVELL Problem 11 years 10 months ago #6714

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Tracer,

If your Novell is running only the IPX/SPX protocol, then you'll stumble across a few minor problems with your vlans.

As you noted, Vlans do use tcp/ip, but not all the times.

If you read our VLAN article, you'll see that you can break your layer 2 network into separate networks using VLANs, without even caring what protocols through them. In other words, you can have VLAN1 assigned to ports 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, and use IPX/SPX in that vlan without a problem.

The limitations here will be obvious when you require -InterVlan routing -, where the switch's VLAN interface participates in the above VLAN, and all other exisiting VLANs in order to route between them (for layer 3 switches). To the best of my knowledge, InterVLAN routing is not supported 100% for the IPX/SPX protocol, but I can be wrong - you need to check your HP switches and see what they are capable of.

On the other hand, you can have a IPX/SPX server that is part of all your VLANs and do the routing for you:)

Which ever the case, placing a IPX/SPX Novell server on a VLAN will not mean that it won't work - it will! You'll just need to figure out a way to do your routing.

Hope that helps.

p.s I've deleted your duplicate post.
Chris Partsenidis.
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Re: VLAN - NOVELL Problem 11 years 10 months ago #6718

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Thanks Chris!

Were going to check the Switches if they are capable.

I've just read the article about supernetting and we are considering to use supernets - as one of our option.Though we are aware that this will create network traffic we got no choice,specially if the switches won't work.

Thanks!

More power to the firewall team!!!!

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