I am having a weird problem, cant explain why it is happening, but then again I am fairly new to the cisco world (using their switches, used cisco routers for a long time) and this could be a feature I suppose. I have 2 servers plugged into ports 2 and 3 respectively. A pix 515E interface is plugged into interface 1. They are all on the same VLAN. Each server can ping the firewall interface, and servers behind the firewall can ping each of the servers. The problem comes in when I try to ping the other server form the other server (server a pinging server b and server b pinging server a). There is NO windows firewall on the servers in question here or any other port blocking going on between them. When I ping the other server, the first packet is received fine and I get a reply. After that the 2nd packet and on times out. This continues for a couple of minutes and then all of a sudden both servers are no longer timing out with their pings, but responding as expected. This not only happens with ping, but also with smtp and any other connection attempt I imagine (I only tried these two). The only thing that I am not quite clear on with the 2950 is the smartports. That is to say that I suspect that that might have omething to do with it, but I have played around with that (to where I thought it was fixed, but upon reload of the switch (with the config saved) it exhibits the same behavior). I could totally understand this if it was going through the firewall, but since it theoretically does'nt even need to touch the firewall (as it only needs to pass from the switch port 2 to 3) I just don't get it.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.