I have a windows 2003 Enterprise server and three WinXP Pro workstations.
The server is a web server that hosts IIS6 and SQL Server 2005, I want to make another Win 2003 server handle just database so the other can focus on web hosting.
At present moment the server is connected to only ONE NIC (although it has two) and this NIC handles local and web traffic. I am having a problem (A BIG SERIOUS PROBLEM) with my WinXP machines bringing down the network when they boot up.. I've tried configuring the static IPs etc..
What are the benefits of installing and using TWO NICS on the web server, do you recommend it? Will it help solve the network problems I am experiencing? Can anyone offer advice about some good network troubleshooting methods or software to find out or track what might be happening.. This also happens when wireless laptops try to access the router..
Basically Is there a greater benefit to installing two NIC cards?