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I am running a Dell Blade Chassis and one server is a Win2k3e running VMWare server. This server has 4 broadcom nics with
software capable of teaming adapters for load balancing and redundancy. Two NICs will go to networking and two NICs will go to a separate
network for ISCSI storage. Finally my question:

Should I use the teaming software in the host to create teamed adapters and hope the teamed adapters are virtualized in the VM hosts

Or

Should I leave the NICs alone and team them inside the VM hosts using some other software.

I am looking for a combination of logic and experience in the answer.
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You should team them within the win2k3e host, as only the host has direct access to the hardware. NICs and all other hardware accessed through a VM is done through "dummy" drivers which pass their info through to the hosting OS which has all the correct hardware info through it's drivers.
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Rindi,
Thank you for responding so quickly
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