Teaming broadcom NIC's on Dell R610

My question is this. I know how I can create the team.

If I don't have a managed switch does it still benefit me to to bond them?
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Thomas WheelerCommented:
Yes depending on what you are using to team you can set the functionality for load balancing etc with no need to manage the switch.
J CAuthor Commented:
Using the broadcom management app, it gives you the ability to team the NIC's. This server will be busy on the network, I just wanted to make sure that it could make sense. It does provide a load balancing option.
Thomas WheelerCommented:
Yes using the load balancing option will give you good performance

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J CAuthor Commented:
Thanks Thomas
Knowing that things may be different in this situation due to things on the dell hardware.

Bonding usually means you are channeling the hardware using a protocol like pagp or lacp. Now the switch hardware needs to be setup to bond the ports together using the same protocol as the host (in this case the dell).

Sometimes you can load balance across multiple nics using a proprietary design, multiple nics with multiple ip's, which does not need channeling protocols like pagp or lacp.

Your mileage and design will vary with hardware and software tweaks which are vendor proprietary.

Just my 00000010 cents.
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