Windows 2003 and 2008 servers that have 2 or more ethernet ports combining them to one
Posted on 2012-03-16
I have several Windows server (2003/2008) that have ethernet cards in them that have 2 and some 4 ports on them. I was talking to my Dell server rep and he said there is a way to plug additional ethernet cables in them and then back to my switch like the existing one and then trunk (the term he was using) them together helping network traffic to and from that server imporoved since it's using 2 ports combined to one.
I don't think this is called load balancing and he didn't either.
Right now I have the second ethernet ports enabled and set to dhcp where as all my servers are static. Of course this morning I came in and a mix of users where have DNS problems.
Can anyone help me with the proper way to take the two ethernet ports that are live and combine to one inside Windows server? Also my ethernet port 1 which is the original and working fine, has static IP, DNS, etc. Would the 2nd ethernet (port 2) have it's own new static IP address? Also the gateway and DNS would be the same? I'm just not sure and can't find much on the internet. Maybe they both have to be exactly the same? IP/GATEWAY/DNS as each other.
If anyone know that would be a HUGE help to me and my users!
1) Windows configuration in the adapters screen
2) Current IP settings for IPv4 ethernet port 1 and 2...
192.168.1.6 (existing static) 192.168.1.33 (new static)
255.255.255.0 (existing subnet) 255.255.255.0 (subnet)
192.168.1.1 (existing gateway) 192.168.1.1 (gateway)
192.168.1.6 (DNS) 192.168.1.6 (DNS)
192.168.1.7 (DNS2) 192.168.1.7 (DNS)
This is also a DNS server (the 192.168.1.6)
Thank you so much for your help!