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2 NIC / 1 Windows Terminal Server

fcqmax asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Lets say I have 2 x NIC with different IP Addresses, lets call them NIC1 and NIC2. Both are connected to the Internet with different IP Addresses and the machine has Windows 2003 Terminal Server installed. Is it possible to implement the following scenario?

I ask users to always connect through the primary NIC 2 address UNLESS they get a notification saying that the current session limit is over 30. Then they are required to connect through the NIC1 address.

By doing so I allocate sufficient bandwidth for best responsive use through NIC1 by setting the limit to 30 sessions. If it reaches the limit then they can connect to secondary NIC1 address where the bandwidth is less busy.

Is this possible?
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do you have two Public IP addresses?  

probably better off using NIC Teaming..where you team the two NICs into one virtual NIC.  The bandwidth is doubled by default in Adaptive Load Balancing mode...  or if you have Cisco Fast Etherchannel, you can quad. your bandwidth.    

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Yes, I'm thinking of subscribing 2 ADSL lines and then linking them up to one 2003 server using 2 NICs.

where you team the two NICs into one virtual NIC..  Is this a feature in Windows 2003 Server?
Yes...built in...although, if this is a DELL or HP, IBM etc, there are specific procedures for each brand.  What do you have?  What server model?  

This also can be controlled through your NIC drivers...


Actually, I'm thinking about building my own box. This system doesn't exist yet. So Windows 2000 can also do this NIC teaming? Or does it solely depend on the NIC manufacturer/driver? Which NIC is best for this type of teaming?


nevermind, i checked your examples, Win2K also works. So it depends on the NIC/driver. Thanks.
Basically all newer nics support this..

Best is CISCO FAST ETHERCHANNEL teaming...  (Switch must support Cisco Fast Etherchannel technology)
Second Best is Adaptive Load Balancing  (No switch dependancy)
Third, is fail on fault...  (Not good for your situation)



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