I need to know if there is a way to have say 4 or 6 ports on a Cat 4006 act more like a hub than a switch. (Kind of like the old Cat 5000 group switching cards) We are having problems using Windows Load Balancing and the only way to fix the server-to-server communications problem is to hang the servers off a hub and uplink the hub to the switch. Is there any way to circumvent the normal switching behavior of a group of ports?
With Windows Load Balancing you are forced to hang a hub off of a switch port. I worked with MS on this issue a couple of weeks ago, and that was the only solution they had to offer. Bottom line is that at this time Windows doesn't support any multicast protocols like IGMP, so their ability to handle multicasting is fairly basic.