Hardware for Network teaming

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a server with a single network port I use for backups.  Is there any hardware/software out there I can buy to allow me to do network teaming on this server?  I would like it speed and fault tolerance.

Question by:goneal
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    I don't know if your server has PCI Express.  However, here is a link to an Intel Dual Port Gigabit NIC.

    This card has drivers for Teaming the ports together allowing for some fault tolerance and increased band width.
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    Author Comment

    Thank you very much!  I have another question you might know the answer to.  I am new to network treaming, woudl I have to make changes to my switch or teaming to work with this or is it all on the server side?
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    For full teaming support you would need a switch which supports Link Aggregation.  Most medium to high end Cisco switches support this.  With out support for Link Aggregation at the switch level you will not be able to spread the fault tolerance across switches.  Here is an Intel article describing Teaming Services:

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    Author Comment

    I have a HP Procurve 4108GL so it will work.  Thanks again for your help!

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