Server 2012 NIC Teaming does not work without all adapters 'connected'
Posted on 2014-01-29
I have used Broadcoms BACS suite or the HP Teaming Software to team adapters prior to Server 2012. I am now, unfortunately, required to use the Server 2012 native NIC Teaming function since HP no longer provides, or supports, using their utility with 2012. Not a HUGE issue, but it's not working as the 3rd Party software method has in the past.
I have 2 x QP HPNC365T adapters, for a total of 8 ports. No matter the Teaming method used (Static, LACP, Switch Independant) the Team does not function unless ALL the adapters have link. Is this by design? I would imagine if you are using it for speed/fault tolerance, they would have taken that into consideration. Also, there is no way to create multiple virtual VLAN adapters, as you can with the BACS suite (im not sure if the HP Teaming Software can do this). Am i missing something?