Add dual network adapter to SBS 2003 server
Posted on 2013-10-31
My out of warranty Dell T300 motherboard has dual NICs.
The InternetNIC LEDs no longer light.
It can't be SBS2003 software because the symptom occurs immediately seconds after power on -- connecting a switch will light NIC#1, but not NIC#2. But, perhaps a CMOS issue might cause this? (I had to replace the CMOS battery recently but I don't think the problem coincided with that change).
I'm 90% sure the hardware failure can be fixed by buying a new dual NIC. But I want to be 99% sure before I waste time and effort. Plus, I've heard that SBS 2003 can be very touchy about networking cards.
So, I hope somebody can review this post, and make a few suggestions to boost my confidence.
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We have two identical t300 servers. ServerA is at work and runs sbs2003. ServerB is stored at a hot site (at my home in a spare bedroom) for backup purposes. We use shadowprotect to make nightly saves of ServerA.
The T300 has dual NICs -- InternetNIC is connected to the Internet firewall router, and LocalNIc is connected to a local network 24 port switch. The NICs are stacked in a single case and soldered to the motherboard.
We test our disaster recovery plan on ServerB about twice a year.
Last week's test worked perfectly including a working connection to the internet. But, I was testing some new software and various things like fax server etc that caused me to move the server around a bit and disconnect and reconnect the NICs maybe 6 or 8 times. I also rebooted maybe 4 or 5 times.
After one of the reconnects I could no longer get to the internet. I wiggled the internet Cat5 and the NIC LED flashed on, then flashed off. This happened once or twice, but now it is always off, no matter what.
Certainly seems to me that it must be hardware.
So, my fixit plan is to
1) install a Intel PRO/1000 Pt Dual Port Server Adapter
2) View Network connection and disable the LocalNIC, so only the two new NICs are enabled.
3) Run CEICW wizard to configure the new NICS.
What do you folks think?