Recommendations for Server NIC

Posted on 2011-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I currently have a black box home built server that I inherited when I joined current company. I dont know the make of the case, but it is using a Gigabyte Technology Co. / P55A-UD3P motherboard, Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz & 8GB of RAM. It is running 2008 R2 SP1 and is primarily running HyperV to host Microsoft DPM in one VM and Spiceworks in another VM.

I have recently been having issues with the network card & networking configuration for HyperV [sharing the NIC for HyperV & OS] so I am looking to add a second NIC, allowing me to assign one specifically for HyperV.

Any suggestions / recommendations would be greatly appreciated. It will be connecting to 1GB HP ProCurve switch, as do the rest of the servers. It really only needs to be a single or dual NIC at most. It needs to be decent, but not expensive. sub $100 if at all possible.
Question by:WJPR_IT
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    Expert Comment

    You can shove in almost any card, just try and have it be realtek or intel chips

    Author Comment

    I had heard there were only certain ones that worked with HyperV? Also what about motherboard compatibility?
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    Assisted Solution

    i wouldn't worry about the MOBO, if it's pci or whatever and your mobo has such a port, then it's ok.
    hyper-v should not be a problem, but can't say for sure... haven't tried it

    Author Comment

    So something like this?

    Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express
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    Assisted Solution

    Hyper-V is not as picky as VMWare in regards to hardware. That card should work for you fine
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    Accepted Solution

    Check the Network Recommendations at :

    Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide

    Though, it does not refer any network adapter models nor brands.

    From the link :,
    you can observe :
    The legacy network adapter emulates an Intel 21140-based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter

    So, any adapter that has "such" compatibility should be good to go.


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