I am currently working with two laptops and two servers which I am trying to link together. For this instance, I do not have a network connection and I will be using a switch as I'm isolating these systems. My question is primarily whether or not I will need a managed switch, or if I will be able to connect them utilizing an unmanaged switch?
The two servers both have static IPs that are in the same subnet, but the laptops are using DHCP. I've installed windows on One of the servers, but mostly they are running linux VMs. The laptops are both windows 10 which use DHCP.
I essentially just need to be able to use putty to tunnel to the servers so I can access the applications and metrics I have running on kubernetes clusters that are on both servers.
I have an unmanaged switch available but it's a decades old netgear so I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't cut it. That said, I'm in no hurry to buy an expensive managed switch, but I'll do what I need to make it work.