a business related question, unusual for me I know
We've been playing with a fibre line at a client site for a while trying to get a solid connection down it. It's a point to point fibre connection that links two Dell Powerconnect switches together (a main office switch to a satellite office).
In the main cab (the one with the internet connection and such, running on two seperate ADSL lines via Juniper SRX110 routers for redundancy) we have a PowerConnect N2048 switch with a 1gbps Dell fibre tranceiver in it. At the other end, we have a PowerConnect 5524 switch with an identical Fibre tranceiver installed.
At both ends, the Fe/0/1 port (the first fibre port) on each device is set to auto-negotiate speed and has rapid STP disabled (we've had issues in the past running rapid spanning tree on uplink ports)
We get traffic across the link using this method, and DNS at the satellite end is able to resolve the domain name of the network and ping centrally-held off-site servers using their FQDN (which is unusual since we don't normally have to use FQDNs since it's a WAN and usually hostname is enough to get a ping)
However the connection is flakey, connection across the link is unstable and most of the aspects of our managed build that use network connections (group policy for example) don't seem to be working. I've been thinking it could be because the switches at both ends are 3-4 years apart in age, and presumably in that time the fibre technology has changed (for instance, there are a LOT more settings regarding fibre and such on the N series). what do y'all think?