Network Interface Card, or NIC, teaming is the process of taking multiple physical network cards and configuring them to act as a single logical NIC. NIC teaming is a feature provided through HP's ProLiant Management Utilities, a part of HP's ProLiant Essentials Intelligent Networking Pack. NIC teaming helps reduce network errors by increasing the server's network availability. Having multiple network paths to the server also allow you to balance network traffic for better performance. Using the ProLiant Management Utilities, it is a fairly quick process to enable NIC teaming on your server's NIC.
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Things you need
- HP Network Configuration Utility (version 9.35 or greater)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Log in to the ProLiant server. Open the HP Network Configuration Utility from the "Start" menu. Review the list of NIC's displayed on-screen and decide which NIC's you need teamed.
Highlight all of the NIC's you wish to team, and then select "Team" from the left-hand pane. Highlight the "HP Network Team #1" listed at the top of the NIC's. Select the "Properties" button.
Wait for the properties for the network adaptor team to display, which should not take longer than 10 minutes and varies based on the speed of your server. Configure your team's settings if a preference is known. Leave the default settings selected if you are unfamiliar with the options.
Enter a team name of your choice into the "Teaming Controls" panel. Choose the "Transmit Load Balancing with Fault Tolerance (TLB)" from the "Team Type" selection.
Select "TCP Connection" for "Transmit Load Balancing Method," and then click "OK" to apply the settings. Open the "Network Connections" from the "Control Panel," and verify that there is a network connection with the same name you chose in Step 4.
Restart the system if the network connection does not appear. Log off the system via the "Start" menu once the network connection has been verified.
Tips and warnings
- If the network changes do not appear, a system reboot may be necessary for the configuration changes to take place.
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