network loadbalancing on the same server

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
we juts got a nas with 2 NICs. The OS is Win 2K3 Applicance edition. Can I configure these as a "cluster" for load balancing and failover on my network?

I tried playing with the netowrk load balancer under admin tools but could not get it to work.
Question by:gpradmin
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    You shouldnt use network loadbalancing on a server that is going to be part of a cluster.

    Do not enable Network Load Balancing on a computer that is part of a server cluster.
    " Network Load Balancing can interfere with server cluster's use of network adapters and Microsoft does not support this configuration. Instead, use separate Network Load Balancing and server clusters.

    Take a look here for some further information.

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    Expert Comment

    It's NIC Teaming you are looking for.
    The NICs drivers must support it and you need an utility to configure it.
    HP servers use the HP Network Configuration Utility.
    What is the brand of your NAS ?

    Author Comment

    I do not want to do full clustering. I just want to use the two NICs I have to balance the traffic to this NAS. Its an Iomega NAS 200d - but I would also like to set it up on my Dell servers as well.
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    Check the brand of your NICs and download the teaming software from Dell website.
    Broadcom and intel provide such utilities.
    Look in the iomega documentation if it's capable of teaming.

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