Maximum number of network cards

Posted on 2003-02-21
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What is the Maximum number of network cards supported in Windows NT 4.0 Server ?

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wyliecoyoteuk earned 100 total points
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Depends. How many slots do you have?

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heskyttberg earned 100 total points
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This question has nothing to do with NT.

This is dependant on the hardware.

1. How many slots do you have in the computer where you can put NICs.
2. What NICs are you going to put in there, there are NICs that will look like 4,8 .. depending on how many TP ports they have, but they only use up one slot on the motherboard.
3. Some NICs will only allow 2,3,4 or so cards of the same typw in one computer, this is driver related.
4. How many IRQs have you that theese NICs can use, again dependant on what NICs you buy some might be able to share IRQ.

That's all I can think of right now.

/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
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Hans has it about right, but NT4 hates IRQ sharing of any kind, as far as I can recall, it often leads to the blue screen. (even win2K has problems with it on some motherboards).

Also, NT4 gets confused by multiples of some NICs, and sees them as a single card ,oops - blue screen again.

My advice: get a better server OS, e.g. Linux. I have, and life is a lot easier :-)

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