I'm currently managing a infrastructure with DELL PowerEdge servers. I do alot of virtualization using virtual server 2005 and hyper V. Some of these servers have Broadcom and some have Intel NICs. I'd like to implement teaming, mainly for failover/fault tolerance.
I've been reading upon the different teaming modes but I am not completely sure which one I want to implement.
Adapter fault tolerance seems the simplest. My understanding is that 2 nics, one is active other is standby. the IP address is assigned to the active and if it fails it gets passed to the standby.
Then there is switch fault tolerance, which seems to do the same thing. But, what's the difference amongst the 2?
And the main question is, why not do adaptive load balancing to increase traffic throughput on 2 nics, but if one fails everything will still function?
I am going to use 2 Procurve 2810 switches connected to a Cisco ASA5505. Do I need to configure anything special on any of the devices?