Server with TWO NICS


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dave Admin

I have several WIN2003 servers with two NICs but all the research on the MS
web site for load balancing points to cluster services, that is not what I
need. Where can I get guidance on how to setup a server with dual NICs to
improve throughput and add dedundancy?

dave Admin
 
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Neteng

Dedundancy??? I hope you mean redundancy. To improve throughput you will
need to either get a NIC that can handle more throughput (ie gigabit or
10gigabit), get multiple NIC's and 'team' them, or load balance. For
redundancy you need to put each NIC on separate subnets. The only way you'll
increase your input that way is to load balance using your switches or with
a load balancer. We use a content switch for our load balancing. You might
want to do some research and see what your business requirements are and
then look for the correct solution.
 
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Phillip Windell

dave Admin said:
I have several WIN2003 servers with two NICs but all the research on the MS
web site for load balancing points to cluster services, that is not what I
that is because that is what Network Load Balancing (NLB) is.
need. Where can I get guidance on how to setup a server with dual NICs to
improve throughput and add dedundancy?
You are asking about NIC Teaming,...it requires special Nics that are
designed with that ability that come with their own software and drivers to
do the job. It is not a "Windows thing".

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Phillip Windell [MCP, MVP, CCNA]
www.wandtv.com
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Understanding the ISA 2004 Access Rule Processing
http://www.isaserver.org/articles/ISA2004_AccessRules.html

Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server: Guidance
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/techinfo/Guidance/2004.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/techinfo/Guidance/2000.asp

Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server: Partners
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/partners/default.asp
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Phillip Windell

Your Switch that is immedeately connected to the Server must also be
compatible with the Nic Teaming Process or the whole thing will fail. you
need to investigate that,..unfortuneately I have no detailed information on
switches concerning this other than to just warn you about the possibility.

--
Phillip Windell [MCP, MVP, CCNA]
www.wandtv.com
-----------------------------------------------------
Understanding the ISA 2004 Access Rule Processing
http://www.isaserver.org/articles/ISA2004_AccessRules.html

Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server: Guidance
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/techinfo/Guidance/2004.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/techinfo/Guidance/2000.asp

Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server: Partners
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/partners/default.asp
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