Teaming NICs

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I have two network interfaces on on NIC on my Proliant 380 G5.  I'm installing a new OS and I have been having trouble with the HP teaming assigning IPs etc. I seems that the SBS configuring network wizard screws up the team.  Am I better off using the Windows version?
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SBS does indeed break (and does not support) multiple NICs or NIC teaming. It is, however, my opinion that on a network small enough that SBS can actually be used, you'll not get much benefit from NIC teaming in the first place. In this case, I telieve the benefits of the wizards outweigh the drawbacks and I recommend disabling the second NIC and allowing the wizards to do their thing as intended.

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I was afraid of that.  The combination totally trashed my fresh install and I had to do it over again since I couldn't undo the damage.  Thanks

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try doing the install with one nic or both disabled as then you can try the nic manufacturers wizard instead of sbs's
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I did that with HP's teaming software and it was a bost. Thanks

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so you got it working yes?

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I disabled one of the NICs.  Thanks

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yes so did you get both working in sbs after it was installed by using the hp teaming software ?

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Microsoft says they do NOT support more than one NIC in SBS.  They told me to disable the second NIC.
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well to me sbs premium comes with a license for server for multi nics thats why its not in sbs as microsoft cant be bothered to do it properly imho thats why they did put a license for server  
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chasmx1: You were given proper advice from MS (as well as previous comments in this question.) SBS simply does not support multiple NICs at this time, and attempting to run them breaks more than it fixes. I would not recommend even trying to re-enable and team the NICs if you have a stable installation.
 

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Thanks for the advise. After putting in 60 hours the last 4 days on building two server's I think I'll leave well enough alone.
For your information, since you write that you will install a fresh OS, but leave it open on which you want to install: Linux supports teaming of NICs by the kernel, thus is independent of any software or drivers. It even supports a bunch of different modes. In the Linux world "teaming" is called "bonding".

See http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/networking/bonding.txt#434 for the different modes.

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