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How to team your NICs

Unfor­tu­nately, NIC team­ing isn’t nat­ively avail­able in con­sumer ver­sions of Win­dows, so we’ll have to use Win­dows Serv­er and in this case, it’s Serv­er 2012 R2. To do this in Win­dows Serv­er, open the Serv­er Man­ager. From there, click “Loc­al Serv­er” and you’ll see an option called “NIC Team­ing.”

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Click the option that says “Dis­abled” and you’ll be presen­ted with the team­ing con­fig­ur­at­or:

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You’ll see both of your NIC inter­faces lis­ted under Adapters and Inter­faces. Now, select both inter­faces, right click, and select “New Team.” In the win­dow that pops up, you’ll be giv­en a field to name the new logic­al inter­face, as well as to select addi­tion­al prop­er­ties related to pro­tocol. The pro­tocol you choose depends on the type of switch you have. Give it a name and click OK.

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For max­im­um com­pat­ib­il­ity, select “Switch Inde­pend­ent” under Team­ing Mode. Once that’s done, you’ll end up back in the main NIC Team­ing win­dow where you’ll see your newly named logic­al inter­face com­pris­ing your two phys­ic­al inter­faces. Easy!

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If all goes cor­rectly, both your phys­ic­al con­nec­tions will indic­ate an act­ive state, and you can see the trans­mis­sion details below, although there’s no stat for pack­ets lost.

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