using 2 nic's on back of dell poweredge server to act together as 1 (2GB) connection

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Wanting to use an additional 1GB nic to provide a 2GB total connection rate to the poweredge server running server 2008. How does the nic have to be configured to make that work
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Since Microsoft does not provide support for it, it's the manufacturer's job to provide driver support for network card teaming: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/254101

See the manual of your current NICs if they support teaming and what do you need to activate it.


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Dan
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The Broadcom config utility on Windows usually supports bonding/trunking.
Be sure to set up the corresponding ports on the switch as well.

Most switches do not support putting one traffic flow on both ports, so don't expect superfast 2Gb FTP/fileserver to/from a single client; but multiple clients should be able to use the 2Gb aggregate (if the server can handle it).

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