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Recommendations for Server NIC

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.
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You can shove in almost any card, just try and have it be realtek or intel chips
WJPR_ITAuthor Commented:
I had heard there were only certain ones that worked with HyperV? Also what about motherboard compatibility?
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
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WJPR_ITAuthor Commented:
So something like this?


Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express
Hyper-V is not as picky as VMWare in regards to hardware. That card should work for you fine
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 :http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816585(WS.10).aspx,
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.

WJPR_ITAuthor Commented:

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