Clustering and Teamed NIC's

Is it possible to team the NIC's of the Nodes in a two node cluster??? And have it work properly??
charlesg7Asked:
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arnoldCommented:
No, unless you have four nics in the system.
You have to have a Cluster NIC through which the nodes communicate to see (heartbeat)
If you have three or more, you could use one nic for the heartbeat and then the other two paired and bound on the switch to appear as one.
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charlesg7Author Commented:
Great so if your server is a modern up to date server that has multiple NIC's on it. it can be done. And can be setup as follows (for example ):

NODE1
Nic1 192.168.1.1 and Nic2 192.168.1.2 teamed 192.168.1.3
And Nic3 used heartbeat 10.0.1.1
+
NODE2
Nic1 192.168.1.5 and Nic2 192.168.1.6 teamed 192.168.1.7
And Nic3 used heartbeat 10.0.1.2

NODE1
teamed 192.168.1.3
+
NODE2
teamed 192.168.1.7

CLUSTERED = 192.168.1.10

Does this look right?? Or somewhat
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arnoldCommented:
Not really,
NODE1
nic1, nic2 teamed and bound on switch as creating a new nic 192.168.1.3  (2GB through put)
nic3 heartbeat 10.0.1.1


Node 2
nic1, nic2 teamed and bound on the switch as creating a new nic 192.168.1.7 (2GB through put)
nic3 heartbeat 10.0.1.2


Clustered IP: 192.168.1.10

i.e. nic1 and nic2 are subordinated to the new teamed interface that gets created and they will have the same IP as well as advertise the same MAC address to the switch
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charlesg7Author Commented:
So correct me if I am understanding you right, the individual NIC's do not have different IP's assinged to them before they are teamed??
"i.e. nic1 and nic2 are subordinated to the new teamed interface that gets created and they will have the same IP as well as advertise the same MAC address to the switch "
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arnoldCommented:
That is correct no individual IP on the real nics that have been teamed.
The teaming process cerates a "virtual" new NIC and depending on the type of team you select, i.e. failover, only one NIC will be active at any one time. or you use the loadbalancing where both nics are up (switch must have the two ports bound//trunked appear as one)
http://www.howtonetworking.com/networking/nicteam1.htm
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/power/en/ps1q03_bhutani?c=us&l=en&cs=555

You did not mention what hardware you have, for intel nic, you need the intel proserv for broadcom nics, you need the BASP
http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/faq_drivers.php

If you have a mix built-in broadcom with additional Intel, I think the suggeted process is to use the Broadcom teaming software and subordinate one of the intel NICs.
I think it is referenced in the Intel proserv package.
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charlesg7Author Commented:
Thanks you were great help !!!!!
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