Win2K svr Dual nic's

Posted on 2005-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have a Win2k mem svr that is a file and print server.

It has a dual nic card installed, if I enable both of them and they both have static ip addresses,
will this help with clients connecting to the server.

I also have both nic's ip's in dns with the same server name.

Question by:CMILLER
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    It will only help if you need more bandwidth, and if the DNS server uses round-robin....which is a very, very, rough way to do load balancing.  

    Is your NIC very busy?

    Are these two ports in the same card?  It may be that your NIC supports "teaming", which would allow both connections to use the same IP address...that would be a lot better.

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    The way you are doing it is a little dicey.

    Is Gigabit a possibility?

    NIC Teaming is the best idea if you can't do Gigabit.   Look into NICExpress, it's supposed to be able to team NICs that don't natively support it.

    The way you are doing it won't help too much.  Although it may give you twice as much bandwidth incoming, your outgoing bandwidth should go out only one of them.  This is because you will only have one active route to your local network.  

    Author Comment

    Yes, The one nic is very busy.

    This is a Dell PE server, it has a dual card and two separate giga on board nics.

    I dont have any way of buying a gigabit switch.

    I will look at this NICEExpress

    Author Comment

    I will also check to see if that dual card supports teaming

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