How to Configure NIC Teaming for Windows 2003 Servers on a Dell

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How to Configure NIC Teaming for Windows 2003 Servers on a Dell
Set up NIC teaming on Dell servers. (Computer Network Interface Card image by Northwest Photo from Fotolia.com)

Network interface card (NIC) teaming provides load balancing for your Windows 2003 Dell server. NIC teaming allows more than one network card to take the "load" of client computer requests. When one network card gets too busy, the second one starts to take more requests. This speeds up performance on the network and your client machines start to see a faster response from the server. Dell servers provide Windows 2003 administrators with the ability to set up NIC teaming in the administration tools.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click "Network Connections" and then click the "Local Area Connection" for which you want to enable NIC teaming.

  2. 2

    Click "Properties" to open a new window. In this window, click the "TCP/IP" protocol icon in the list box and click the "Properties" button.

  3. 3

    Enter the IP address for your additional network card in the text box labelled "Network Load Balancing Properties." Click the "Cluster Parameters" button underneath the text box.

  4. 4

    Enter the subnet mask for the IP address. Windows automatically populates this address for you, so most installations use the default value.

  5. 5

    Click the "OK" button in the TCP/IP properties window and click "OK" again to save your settings on the server's network card.

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