Can anyone provide any tips on setting up NIC Teaming on an HP Proliant?

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Good morning everyone, I would like to setup NIC teaming on an old server that has been in use as an exchange server.  

I am not much of a hardware guy but i have read the HP Proliant Network Adapter Teaming Manual / White Paper.

This is a production server so i would attempt this after hours.  But I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or tips before i get started.  

Thanks in advance.
Question by:LenCepeda
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    Hi LenCepeda,

    One critical thing is to find out what NIC teaming your switch infrastructure supports.  I personally like LACP (IEEE 802.3ad) since it is very universal among vendors.   But both ends, your NICs and your Switch, must support this.

    After hours is best unless you have extra unused NICs to setup on... otherwise you will disrupt all ethernet traffic while you are setting up the teaming on both ends.  Make sure to send out pings as soon as your completed your setup to ensure the rest of your LAN sees the new MAC address.

    Hope that helps!  -Cheers, Peter.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the advice Peter.

    I intended on on using LACP (802.3ad) -

    From what i have gathered, i will follow these steps:

    1.  Download the Broadcom drivers / network suite
    2.  Change the IP address of the server to DHCP
    3.  Install the Broadcom suite and configure IP address
    4.  Configure the (2) swtich trunk ports LACP

    Thanks again

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