Would this set up work with Intel vPro



  • I am setting up pfSense on a spare Dell Optiplex 980 desktop that I had lying around. It has the full vPro capabilities, which means KVM over IP.

    This is how it is set up right now:
    Intel gigabit PCI card: Internet
    Intel gigabit PCIe card: LAN to switch
    Intel gigabit onboard (vPro port): nothing

    Can I hook up the Intel gigabit onboard (vPro port) onto the switch and have it work (just get IP address for mgmt and nothing else)? Would it cause a loop and crash the switch/network?



  • @newbieadmin:

    Can I hook up the Intel gigabit onboard (vPro port) onto the switch and have it work (just get IP address for mgmt and nothing else)? Would it cause a loop and crash the switch/network?

    These ports aren't switches so they won't introduce a switching loop, unless you put 2 interfaces in a bridge without STP running.



  • @newbieadmin:

    Can I hook up the Intel gigabit onboard (vPro port) onto the switch and have it work (just get IP address for mgmt and nothing else)? Would it cause a loop and crash the switch/network?

    Yes, you can connect it to the switch and get an address via DHCP.  I do recommend setting a static IP in the BIOS for it though.  Allows you to monitor the entire boot process over IP (internally) and before the router boots.


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