OK, I took a few networking classes back in college ( a few years ago) but need some clarification and help (since this wasn't really covered in our class too much)...
I'm building a home network of about 5 computers and one "server" (which is running Win Server 2008 Standard--for both work and "play"). Anyway, I have an 8-port gigabit switch which connects all computers and the server together, and that is connected to the router and cable modem. Now, my question is how can I "trunk" multiple LAN ports for the server on the switch (say have 3 NIC cards in the server and connect to three of the LAN switch ports)? (Not sure if its called trunking for between a server and a switch, but at least that's what its referred to going from switch to switch).
I'm trying to find the best way to allow for the maximum bandwidth from the server to the switch so that when multiple computers request various things from the server (ie. someone is watching a video through the wired NIC, and another PC is copying files to the server, they don't bottleneck the switch throughput).
A bit of background info:
All of my devices are at gigabit capable, with the exception of wifi, which I'm not worried about here. All computers are running some version of Windows 7 (Home Premium or Pro) and the server is running Server 2008 Standard. The server is not running as a domain controller, no AD services, just as a member server for storage (I may also change back to WHS 2011 at some point, but I Don't think that will affect the wiring I'm trying to do, and what I"m trying to accomplish here as far as trunking connections).