Originally Posted by Bushflyr
A FoaF network guru said he suspected an ARP flood or Broadcast storm caused by a faulty NIC on the server, but I'm still researching what that means.
I've seen bad NIC's cause broadcast storms. A dead giveaway of that is if the lights on the card or the switch port it's plugged into are constantly blinking.
Usually after a few minutes of that the nic will shut down and a power cycle clears it's cache and the whole mess starts over again.