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Use multiple network cards to increase bandwidth

Hi, I have a streaming video server and I'm worried that the bandwidth may be a problem.

I have 3 network cards installed and I want to use them to serve the video.

Is this posible?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It's called NIC Teaming.  I believe the switch has to support it as well and I THINK the NICs have to be the same brand/model/revision as this is typically provided by the NIC drivers.

You can configure NIC Teaming
Felix LevenSenior System and DatabaseadministratorCommented:
Microsoft doesent support ANY type of teaming, in case of problem you must get support from others.

All of the ports you connect from your teamed NIC to your switch need to support etherchannel (and of cause need to configured to use it), expensive feature.

Lee OsborneCommented:
We used to use NIC Teaming on Dell servers with mixed dual port Broadcom and Intel NIC's (we've since virtualised so don't anymore). The Broadcom BACS software supports mixed NIC types and we didn't need any extra configuration on our switches.

The Intel network card software also supported Teaming but not using the Broadcom NIC's.

If you are teaming using LACP, this is where you will need switches that support LACP and configure them accordingly.

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