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Windows 2008 R2 - Hyper V, can we use teaming on the 4 NICS that connect to our Dell Equalogic Iscsi SAN

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Hi

We are in the process of setting up 5 Dell PE R610 servers for Hyper V, we have a separate storage network that contains just the Dell Equalogic Iscsi SAN.

On the Win 2008 servers we have 4 Intel Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapters that are just for the Storage network, we are going to be using the software Initiator from Microsoft, my question is can we Team the 4 adapters when being used for ISCSI traffic

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Nick
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This is straight from the iSCSI Initiator user guide provided by Microsoft.

NIC Teaming
Microsoft does not support the use of NIC teaming on iSCSI interfaces.  For iSCSI SAN interfaces, Microsoft recommends that customers use dual or quad ported NICs, or multiple single-port NICs and allow Microsoft Windows components to handle fail-over and redundancy to ensure consistent visibility into the data path. Fail-over and load balancing of multiple paths to an iSCSI target from within the same server is supported through MS MPIO and Multiple Connections per session (fail over and load balancing using multiple adapters in the same server.
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Thanks, i spoke to Dell in the end and they confirmed the same
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