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Hi, I have a Dell PowerEdge Windows Server 2008 Standard edition with 2 GB NICs. It is intended to be installed on a small network as a domain controller. The network has cable internet and a TP-Link TL-R480T VPN Router.

There are two things I would like to be able to do, and am here asking if these goals are possible with what we have: 1. Monitor all internet use of the users on the network through the server, and 2. Realize some advantage from the dual NICs in the server.

I am wondering if it is possible to set the server up so that all internet use flows through one NIC which is connected to the router, and the traffic can thus be monitored, while all other ordinary local network  requests for the server flow through the other NIC. Or something along those lines.

I am familiar with NIC teaming and have utilized it in other situations. I have to check whether the switch in this location will support teaming, and I suspect it won't. It is an off the shelf 16 port unit from the LCS purchased when the previous Dell switch suddenly gave up the ghost.

All suggestions appreciated. Thanks for the help.
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Multihoming a DC is not recommended.  You could set it up as a Hyper-V server in a workgroup and then install two servers - assuming you have a license for the second server.  Or you could install a Linux server and a Windows server and use the Linux server for the routing/monitoring.

You could team, but teaming is not going to enable you to monitor things.
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Right. The teaming would be just to address trying to get the most out of having two NICs. I'm wondering if there is a better way.
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Personally, I think you're wasting your time. If you want to maximize resource utilization, you need to do things with virtualization. Otherwise, dual NICs is a standard config and using the second one doesn't make sense, especially when there are concerns about it with a DC.
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