how to configure network bonding (link aggregation) on two ethernet ports?
Posted on 2010-11-11
I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 server with Windows 2008 server installed on it.
There are quite some services running on it (Exchange, file server, print services, DHCP, Domain Controller, roaming profiles...) and the network performance of the server is very poor. The server is connected to a 3COM managed gigabit switch by means of one CAT5e cable. I guess the traffic towards and from the server is just too much and I was told bundling two ethernet ports (active-active mode) would increase redundancy and network performance, but I've never done this before. How exactly can I configure this?
The NIC is a Broadcom NetExtreme. The switch is a 3Com Baseline 2848-SFP Plus.
Would SFP be an alternative solution to increase the network bandwith? This feature is available on the switch, but there is no SFP card installed on the server.