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Team NICS on Backup server

I have an Intel 5000 server. All the server does is receive files from the network as backup. It is a busy server and only has a single GB NIC and a single network socket near it.

will there be any gain in performance if I bought a small GB (netgear probably) switch so I could have 2 network cables, and bought a dual Intel GB NIC, and then teamed the 2 new ports together (obviously then not using the existing NIC port)?

Thanks 4 any help
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Pete
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Pete
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PeteAuthor Commented:
just read on the intel site that ANS (teaming) is not supported on NICs plugged into PCI express slots. so is that the end of idea?
The exisiting onboard NIC is a Pro1000 EB which I think doesn't support it either.
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S00007359Commented:
Whats the backup product you are using?
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PeteAuthor Commented:
NT Backup and simple ROBOCOPY
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eeRootCommented:
What is the read/write speed of the drives on the server?  That may be more of a bottle neck then the network speed.
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PeteAuthor Commented:
I dont know they are RAID 6 SATA2 Seagate...
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Bill BachPresidentCommented:
I agree with eeroot. Have you confirmed that the LAN is the issue?  Monitor the server for a while with PerfMon, watching the NIC port Bytes/Second, and see where this falls. If you are commonly exceeding 80,000,000 bytes per second, then I agree that something needs to be done on the NIC side. However, I don't know that Thew OS copy commands can drive the data fast enough.

If it is not, then I would llook at the free tool FastSCP first, to improve throughput. Another thing is to make sure that you have the TCP Offload Engine (TOE) enabled on the NIC. Third, if this is a dedicated LAN segment, make sure that all devices and switches have Large Packet Support enabled, also called Jumbo Frames. This can help throughput quite a bit, too.
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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
If you want to speed up network speed on Gbps links you should look for Jumbo frame support.
(Probably something that requires a little more serious switch too).  

It requires that Drivers, Adapters, & Switches all support jumbo frames.
(BTW, the Cat6 cables are a must for any 1Gbps heavy lifting).
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PeteAuthor Commented:
yes all my switches support jumbo frames, is it something that is just there and enabled, or will it need turning on and configuring at every switch?
Dlink 1224T GB switches everywhere.
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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
Mostly it needs to be turned on on purpose.
It might need enabling per interface
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