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network adapter teaming on server

Dell Dell poweredge 1900 server (xeon 50...
November 10, 2010 at 19:13:45
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 4gb
I have a windows 2003 server and 20 workstations. Workstations 1 gb Ram; Server 4mb Ram. Workstations running light Office, Digital X-rays and Photos heavy in 12 workstations. I need to increase the speed of the network overall. I just increased the server Ram to 4GB but not much return in speed. I think that teaming 2 network adapters on the server will help.

Dell PowerServer 1900
Dell Workstations 745/755 1 gb each and Windows XP pro

Need to know if Server 2003 has this capability built-in or do I need a 3rd party application?

In addition, do I need to just match the first Network adapter or get 2 new ones?
Which adapter or adapters are recommended?

I also have a Dell 24 port switch - unmanaged. Could this be a weak link?
What do I need to check or find out about this switch that may be helpful?

I have a sonicwall in the mix. This network setup was not my design, just became the manager a couple months ago. The sonicwall is probably not setup in the typical manner. Could this be slowing the network down as well? I beleive the sonicwall only is in the mix when we go out to the web, but it is configured to assign ip addresses rather than the server for network purposes. This is what I have been told about Sonicwall. I do know that the sonicwall and its current configuration makes it difficult unnecessarily to add a PC or MAC via WIFI.

Finally, our network guy failed to install an antivirus for the server. We have antivirus set up on all workstations.
I need recommendations for Server Antivirus Software, Please???

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November 11, 2010 at 10:59:27
You need a managed switch that supports one of the teaming protocols. Your dell switch can't do this.

if the server comes with two nics there maybe software to load that teams them
otherwise I would get a gigabit managed switch and two gigabit intel cards for the server. you need to match the server slots with the intel cards [pci-e or pci-x]

it should be difficult to add a wifi device. this is called securing your wireless. not doing so means any passer by could hack your network via the wireless.

concerning the slowness post the results of an ipconfig /all from a workstation for review.

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