Configuring link aggregation

To increase data transfer throughput to Transfer Appliance, consider using link aggregation, or network bonding. This lets you use multiple network connections in parallel to increase throughput. Link aggregation also provides redundancy if one of the network interfaces fails.

This section refers to the Transfer Appliance Console User Interface (CUI), which comprises the keyboard and monitor attached to the appliance.

It is recommended that you set up link aggregation on Transfer Appliance before you power on the appliance for the first time. This reduces the number of times you must perform network connectivity tests. If you already started up Transfer Appliance, see Setting up link aggregation after powering on.

  1. Connect multiple network cables with the same speed and type, for example 1 GbE or 10 GbE (copper or fiber), to Transfer Appliance.

    Link aggregation does not work with mixed types of connections. For example, Transfer Appliance can't aggregate a combination of 1GbE and 10GbE connections. Transfer Appliance defaults to the fastest available connection whether aggregated or not. For example, if you try to aggregate four 1GbE connections and there is a single 10GbE link connected, Transfer Appliance defaults to the 10GbE connection because it provides the fastest throughput speeds.

  2. Power on Transfer Appliance.

    After Transfer Appliance initializes, the software automatically creates the link aggregation, obtains an IP address using DHCP, and assigns it to the aggregated network.

  3. Set up the appliance keyboard and monitor. For instructions, see Setting up Transfer Appliance.

  4. From the Transfer Appliance Console User Interface, confirm:

    • The NICs used to create an aggregated link.
    • The network speed of the aggregated link.
    • For both DHCP and static IP addresses, the same IP addresses are used by all four NICs.

You can enable link aggregation after powering up Transfer Appliance, or change existing link aggregations by adding network cables to or removing network cables from the appliance.

After Transfer Appliance initializes, the software automatically creates the link aggregation, obtains an IP address using DHCP, and assigns it to the aggregated network. If you're configuring Transfer Appliance for static IP address and link aggregation, set the same IP address for all of the ports connected to the switch. If you add or remove network cables from the appliance, follow the instructions in this section.

  1. From the Transfer Appliance Console User Interface, select Configure Network.

  2. Press Enter. The user interface displays configuration options.

  3. Add or remove network cables attached to Transfer Appliance.

  4. To redetect connected network cables, select Redetect Network Connectivity.

  5. Press Enter. The user interface displays all network cables connected, as well as their speeds.

  6. Select OK.

  7. Press Enter.

    Now you are ready to set up a static IP or dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) IP address.

For more information, see Setting up the IP Address.

What's next

To start your transfer, choose the method you identified earlier:

To change, view, or test Transfer Appliance configurations, see:

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