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What is a good low cost physical switch to use with a VMware lab?  I only need 2 small 24 or 48 port switches.  I'm trying to figure out a good Cisco switch model that tends to have a lot of market penetration and I could find one easily on ebay or something.  I only need 1Gb ethernet, IOS for the Operating system, LACP capability and this kind of basic stuff.  Thanks!

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chriswahl
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Many folks go for a refurbished 1GbE version of a Cisco 3560G / 3750G (or one from eBay). The SG300 series was introduced to solve the gap.

VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators

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rcporto
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First, if you want Cisco you may not find a low cost 🙂 But, I think you search on eBay you can easily find used Cisco 2960g that will fit your needs.

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chriswahl
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The Cisco SG200 or SG300 series is likely what you're after. It runs an IOS-like system. I've written a few posts on my SG300-52 port switch that may be of use to you.

VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators
TheVMinator
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OK thanks again.  The SG200/300 looks good - but what would be the best equivalent solution for the price that actually has the true IOS?

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chriswahl
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Many folks go for a refurbished 1GbE version of a Cisco 3560G / 3750G (or one from eBay). The SG300 series was introduced to solve the gap.

VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators
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TheVMinator
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ok thanks again

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