Server 2003 SBS - Network Cards?

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
MS SBServer
Domin of 1 Server 15 users some what to work remote.

Is it better to use the two NIC or just the 1?

Any reson?
Question by:Bransby-IT
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Bransby-IT,

    I would suggest using just the one NIC (Depending on your network config) because it's easier to setup and maintain.

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    Assisted Solution

    One NIC is plenty for a small business. I have setup about a dozen small businesses with employees ranging from 4 to 20 with SBS 2003 servers with 1 NIC. With small networks like this I have never needed to worry about load balancing or anything that would require a second NIC.
    I hope this helps. Good luck.
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    You only really need 2 NICs is you are going to use your server to route between your internal network and another network (or internet). You can have two NICs on the same network and this will provide fault tollerance and load balancing to some degree - IF you use drivers that support teaming.

    Data throughput is not increased by much - if anything - by having 2 NICs as on an ethernet network only ONE NIC can transmit at any time anyway.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for putting the mind at ease.

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