Link Aggregation / NIC Teaming Setup on Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted on 2014-07-14
Last Modified: 2014-07-14
I'am a bit new on setting up on server NIC teaming so kind bare with me.

Our company have purchased HP DL380 server with multiple NIC card. We are going to install Windows server 2012 R2 on the server. Our network switch are Cisco 2960x and already setup for Link aggregation. We would like to setup NIC Link Aggregation or Teaming. Here is my question:

1) When we setup NIC Team/Link aggregation to logical combine two Network card, how many IP address(es) do we needed/assignedfrom our network department ? Only One or Three (i.e. Two for the NIC cards itself and One for the NIC teaming IP) ?

2) What utility is required for setting up the server for NIC teaming or Link aggregation for NICs resiliency ? Shall we use the HP utilities, the Windows server 2012 R2 come with utilities or others ?

Appreciate your expert advice in advance. Let me know if further information is needed.

Thanks & Regards
Patrick T.
Question by:patricktam
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    Accepted Solution

    1) You will only have to set up 1 IP address for the Team.

    2) You can use windows setting in Server Manager to set up NIC Teaming

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks a lot for the prompt reply which will help on our network design.
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    Expert Comment

    Check below article to explain and setup windows built-in NIC teaming
    However you can use NIC manufacturer utilities as well for NIC teaming (HP \ Intel \ Dell - Broadcom)

    If you want to just aggregate available network adapter bandwidth you can create Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) team
    If you wanted redundency in case of switch failure, you should use switch independent mode where both NICs each should point to seperate switch.

    When you create team, your actual physical network adapater will be converted to switch and new virtual network adapter wil get created to which you need to assign IP and it can talk to your corporate network

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