Setting up NIC

I have a poweredge 2950 with 2xIntel pro gigabit nics and 2 broadcom gigabits. The server will be running microsoft virtual servre with 20+ virtual servers.

My question is, how should I set up the nics. in the past I've always used one for both physical box and virtual servers.

Im thinking this time maybe dedicate one to the physical box and one to the virtual server? I doubt i'll use the broad coms..
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lnkevinCommented:
Here is my opinion, dedicate physical NIC to your virtual makes your maintenance more logic in case physical NIC goes bad. You can use your built in Broadcom for physical box and Intel for your virtual servers. For better performance, I would throw in 2 Intel multiport gigabit NICs for all virtual servers.

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shankshankAuthor Commented:
i think there was a compatibility issue with broadcoms thats why i had to get intels...

but dont do teaming or anything?

any specal way to dedicate? remove gateways etc on one
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lnkevinCommented:
Yes, you may want to create load balancing  teaming on your physical card to bring the best performance benefit to your virtualization. To dedicate the NIC to your virtual sever and ensure that it cannot be used by the host machine, go to the properties of this NIC in the host OS. Clear
the check mark from every box except Virtual Machine Network Services. This NIC will not be available to the host. In the other hand, from the host OS, check the properties of the other physical NIC. If it has a
check mark in the VMNS box, clear it. This NIC will be used only by the host and will not be seen by vms.

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shankshankAuthor Commented:
by for the Vms, you  have to dedicate the nic to each, so regardless they won't see the host dedicated nic, correct?

so load balancing and teaming, how will t hat work
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lnkevinCommented:
That's right. You just have advantage of not seeing your host NIC if you only check vms and vice versa.

so load balancing and teaming, how will t hat work....
I did not mean Network Load Balancing (NLB) in windows. I meant create a load balancing team for your gigabit NIC Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB). When you setup teaming on your NICs there is an option to choose load balancing instead of fault tolerance. That is what you want to do.

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shankshankAuthor Commented:
where do you set up teaming

and how do i do teaming if one intel is dedicated to physical host and other is dedicated to vms?
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lnkevinCommented:
where do you set up teaming...
Team your physical NIC. For Intel adapter, you need to install application called ProSet
http://www.arima.com.tw/Server/Download/Download/82540v10.pdf

and how do i do teaming if one intel is dedicated to physical host and other is dedicated to vms...
I thought you are gonna use Broadcom for host and Intel for your virtual

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shankshankAuthor Commented:
i was going to use broadcom but i had errors in the past with those where Virtual servre 2005 acted up

I think I'll settle with one intel for host, and one for VM for now.

the NIC for host i unchecked the Virtual machine information in the network properties

for the nic for VM, you said to unselect everything except the VM adapter? even the TCP/IP??
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