Experiencing network problem with HyperV on Windows server 2012 R2

Posted on 2014-08-19
Last Modified: 2014-08-29

I recently installed a Windows 2012R2 Server on a Power edge T620 with HyperV role.
There are 2 network cards available on the physical server. One intel Gigabit I350-t LOM with 2 ports and the second is the same with 4 ports.
The HyperV is on the network via the NIC1 form the first Nic, with a fixed IP.

NIC available
Then, I have configured a NIC Teaming on the server. The team is for external access of VM. SLOT port 3 and port 4 from the second NIC are member of this team.
In additional properties: Teaming mode: Switch independent – Load balancing mode: Hyper-V Port – Standby adapter: None (all adapters Active)

Then, I have created a Virtual switch for external access, which refer to the NIC TEAM.

Finally, in the settings of VM, the network adapter was set on the created virtual switch.

NIC for VM
Connexion to LAN and WAN are working from HyperV and from VM.
In the beginning, I was thinking that all was working properly.

However, if I wait about 2 minutes, the networks speed for external access , I mean for WAN, will become very very slow.
For example, a ping to will answer with a time of 1500-2000ms…

- If I unplug the second cable of the Nic team AND the cable of the HyperV, then, the network speed is ok…
- If I plug again a cable from the Nic1, or the second cable from the team, it will work normally for 2 minutes, and then the speed will go down again…

The topology of the network is simple :
Physical Hyper-V is connected to a 24P switch.
The switch is connected to a Firewall.
Firewall is connected to Router/modem.

It seems that only one cable can be connected to the switch from the physical server, otherwise the speed for WAN is going bad.

I hope someone can help me or have already experienced this..

Thank you very much.
Question by:Dextro666
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    Accepted Solution

    Change your load balancing mode on the team to dynamic and update all your NIC drivers. Hyper-V port is there for legacy reasons (dynamic wasn't an option in 2012 RTM) but it is rare that you'll use it for 2012 R2. And even in switch independent mode, many cheap external switches don't play well with it. Unplugging cables and plugging them back in causes an ARP refresh which is why it temporarily fixes the issue. Dynamic mode tends to move streams around in a more sensible fashion that didn't cause switches to have issues. With that said, I do mean "tends to"....a bad switch is a bad switch and sometimes the only option is to upgrade.
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    your managed switch must support the feature 802.3ad. Otherwise only 1 port per switch can be used.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Cliff Galiher
    With the built in teaming in 2012, if the teaming mode is switch independent, 802.3ad support is not required on the switch.

    Author Comment

    Thank you a lot for your help.
    I'll try to change the mode to dynamic and I keep you in touch.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you very much.
    Dynamic mode solve all my problems.

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