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Boost Reliability with Ethernet Bonding and Linux - page 2

Recycling the Ethernet

  • August 30, 2007
  • By Carla Schroder

You'll need both mii-tools and ethtool installed. Then take a look in your kernel's config file and make sure that bonding is enabled as a module:

$ grep -i bonding /boot/config-2.6.20-16
CONFIG_BONDING=m

It must be a loadable kernel module so that you can pass in various command options. Then verify that your NICs are working and have a good connection to the network:

# mii-tool
eth0: negotiated 100baseTx-FD, link ok eth1: negotiated 100baseTx-FD, link ok

Then make sure the required kernel module is present on your system:

$  modprobe --list | grep bonding

/lib/modules/2.6.20-16/kernel/drivers/net/bonding/bonding.ko

The remaining steps are different on Debian and Fedora, so let's see how Debian does it.

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