Network Card Teaming/Load Balancing in Server 2003

Hi

I have a Dell server with 2 x Broadcom LAN cards. I'm looking to team these interfaces to get improved performance. I have no previous experience of doing this before, please bare with me !

I have looked at various online atricles all of which have been off topic and towards the LAN vendors utilities

Can anybody provide a very simple step by step guide to get this configured in Server 2003 ?

Thanks
L-PlateAsked:
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Krzysztof PytkoConnect With a Mentor Senior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
There is no simple step by step guide for that as Windows Server 2003 does not support teaming by itself.

You need to download from Broadcom web site appropriate tool which allows for that. This is probably called BASP and needs to be downloaded for appropriate NIC drivers

Regards,
Krzysztof
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L-PlateAuthor Commented:
Tried BASP already, not availbale anymore for 2003. I was interested in the load balancing configuration availble within the Network Card Properties
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
So, you have no option as Windows 2003 natively does not support teaming. This option is available in Windows Server 2012

I'm not sure if there is another solution if BASP is not working

Krzysztof
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L-PlateAuthor Commented:
So what is the load balancing option feature in properties of each network card ?
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
This if for NLB feature (Network Load Balancing) simple "clustering" feature for servers

In your case if you are using Cisco switches, you can ask networking guys to configure ports on switch and then you will have load balancing based on hardware solution. Switch must support 802.3ad standard

For more details please ask networking guys in your company or ask for adding new zones for this thread

Krzysztof
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L-PlateAuthor Commented:
Thanks for you input
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