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Dual network adapters on Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise 64bit

Dell Power Edge T310
windows 2003 R2 Enterprise 64bit edition sp2

Dual network adapters

both internal Broadcom Bcm5716c net xtreme II driver dated 12/28./2009 version 5.2.17.0

Two questions

1. can both network adapter be setup on same ip network ie 192.168.10.10 and 192.168.10.11

2. When I set the properties of the ip interface on the network adapter I set the ip address default gateway and sub mask plus DNS and Wins entries, so I set the option to manually define the problem is when I go back to check the settings via the properties the properties window show obtain ip address information and al the entries I entered have disappeared.
If I do an ip config /all all the information I setup is there even after a restart.
So why is the network adapter properties not showing I have several other windows 2003 R2 servers they are standard 32bit and they work fine network adpater driver issue?

Any ideas

thanks

Tom
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SysExpertCommented:
Are you trying to team the 2 adapters for failover or what exactly ?

If teaming, then yo need to use the teaming admin program for your NICs.

Please be specific on what you need .

I hope this helps !

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InserachofAuthor Commented:
Not really sure never used dual nics before

I was thinking maybe to split the workload since it is going to be an exchange server

Does that help
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SysExpertCommented:
Unless it is for a very high volume exchange server, Failover is probably ore important than load balancing.

In either case the NIC management program will probably give you options for both.

I would download , and install it and read the  documentation to see what your needs are and how best to resolve them.

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InserachofAuthor Commented:
ok do you have the link for this program
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InserachofAuthor Commented:
sysexpert

where can i get the NIC management program
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SysExpertCommented:
From the Dell site under either management or Network drivers/programs or possibly even from the install CDs that came with the machine

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