NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012

NIC Teaming

Also knows as Network Load Balancing & Failover (LBFO)

Enables multi network adapters on a single server to be grouped into a team

Purpose:

· Ensuring the availability of network connectivity if one adapter fails

· Aggregating network bandwidth across multiple network adapters

NIC teaming supports up-to 32 network adapters in a team & runs in 3 modes

· Static (Generic) Teaming: is based on IEEE 802.3ad draft v1 & supported by most server-class Ethernet switches. It requires manual configuration of the switch & the server to identify which link form the team

· Switch Independent: This mode allows each NIC in a team to connect to different switches

· LACP (Dynamic) Teaming: is based on IEEE 802.1ax and is supported by most enterprise-class switches. It allows teams to be automatically created through the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP). LACP dynamically identifies links between the server and a specific switch. To use this mode, you generally need to enable LACP manually on the port of the switch.

GUI:

Go to server manager, select particular server, right click select "Configure NIC Teaming"

Select adapters, right click select "Add New Teaming"

Name the teaming, click OK to complete

Teaming is ready

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