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Windows 2003 Server with two nics

I have a dell Windows 2003 Server with two nics. I want to "Bind" the two nics with 1 IP for load balancing. Is there anyway to connect the two nics to 1 IP address for better network performance.

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rwatson119
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rindiCommented:
If the 2 Nics are the same, check the Homepage for special drivers which would allow for that. You can also try selecting both NICs (by holding the ctrl key) and then selecting "properties". You should be able to set the properties for both nics to be the same now. You must also make sure that your switches are capable of supporting teamed nics.
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
Which Dell server do you have?

What are the vendor and model of the NICs you are trying to Load Balance?
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logapriyanCommented:
What is the NIC card which is there in the system?

You must have got NIC management software from NIC Manufacturer or from Dell (check there respective Online site for latest software).

Install it (if it is already installed) open the Interface from start menu or from Control panel

Configure it with 1IP and Load balancing options.

Give the NIC details, so that it will be easy for more clarifications.
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rwatson119Author Commented:
Its a dell Poweredge 1850 rack mount server.

Both Nics are Intel Pro 1000 MT running to a 3548 Cisco Catalyst switch (switch is only 100mb though).

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rindiCommented:
Both should be OK for teaming. You will have to set the setting for that on the switch for those ports your connecting the server to. Check the switche's manual for details. Download the drivers from either the dell or intel site.
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
I following the article by Dell for Teaming Intel Pro 100 NICs

Download Intel Pro 100+ Device Driver For Windows 2000

Browse to support.dell.com.

NOTE: You may need to change or enter your Service Tag information if you have more than one Dell system or if this is the first time you have visited your Dell Support site. For more information about your Service Tag, refer to Dell Knowledge Base Article: FA1027149.

Click the link for Downloads.
Search for the file name vint4w2k.exe.

NOTE: For more information about searching for and downloading files from Dell, click the Help link.


When the File Download window appears, click Run this program from its current location and click OK.
The Security Warning window appears.
Click Yes.
The WinZip Self Extractor window appears and prompts to unzip the files to the floppy drive.
Insert a blank formatted floppy disk and click Unzip.
Install Intel Pro 100+ Device Driver For Windows 2000

Right-click My Computer.
Click Manage.
Click Device Manager.
Expand Network Adapters.
Right-click the adapter listed.
Click the Drivers tab.
Click Update Driver.
The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard window appears.
Click Next.
Click Display a list of the known drivers for this device so that I can choose a specific driver, then click Next.
The Select Network Adapter window appears.
Insert the device driver floppy disk and click Have Disk.
The Install From Disk window appears.
Click OK.
Files will be copied from the floppy disk and the device driver is now updated.
Download Intel Pro 100+ Advanced Features for Windows 2000

Browse to support.dell.com.

NOTE: You may need to change or enter your Service Tag information if you have more than one Dell system or if this is the first time you have visited your Dell Support site. For more information about your Service Tag, refer to Dell Knowledge Base Article: FA1027149.

Click the link for Downloads.
Search for file name vans4w2k.exe

NOTE: For more information about searching for and downloading files from Dell, click the Help link.

When the File Download window appears, click Run this program from its current location and click OK.
The Security Warning window appears. Click Yes.
The WinZip Self Extractor window appears and prompts to unzip the files to the hard drive.
Click Unzip.
Browse to the directory c:\ians4w2k\setup\setup.exe and double-click the setup.exe file.
Follow the prompts to install the Advanced Features.
Configure a Network Adapter Team

Double-click the Network Adapter icon in the system tray.
The IntelĀ® PROSet II application opens.
Right-click the network card to be added to the team, point to Add to Team and click Create New Team.
This Teaming Wizard appears.
Click the type of team you wish to configure and click Next.
Click to check the box to the left of all network adapters that are to be configured in the team and click Next.
Your team configuration will now be displayed.
If your configuration looks correct click Finish, if not click Back and repeat the previous step(s).
Click OK for changes to take effect.
An additional Local Area Connection icon will appear in the system tray.
Double-click the new icon.
A Local Area Connection Status window will appear.
Click Properties.
Configure an IP address in the Network Properties window.

I'm sure that the same procedure will work for the Intel Pro 1000 MT NICs as well.

I will check with Dell tomorrow, as I have a PowerEdge 2850 that needs to be teamed next week some time.
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
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norganCommented:
there used to be a way of creating a load balancing cluster and have one card running as the full duplex up and one as full duplex down. it involes creating a cluster and assigning both nics to the cluster. i have been searching all day for the details as i did this on my own 2003 ent server at home with 2 different nics as well!

it works well when you get it going but i cannot find the notes about the setup proceedure, i am doing it now but it looks to be different from when i did it last time. will post details if i can work it out.


(i have a dell poweredge 2850 with 2 giga nics! )
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