can you use 2 nics to increase bandwith?

March 10, 2011 at 11:55:19
Specs: Windows 7
We are running server 2008 r2. users are complaining about slowness. Is there a way to use 2 nics to increase bandwith?

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#1
March 10, 2011 at 12:27:46
Yes. It is called adapter teaming. But you have to have a managed switch that supports one of the teaming protocols. The teaming is done thru software provided by the nic manufacturer.

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March 10, 2011 at 13:27:12
Are you sure that the slowness is caused by network bandwidth issues? I only ask because it's easy to jump to conclusions about performance.

I presume that you have run performance monitor and then determined that it really is network throughput that is the bottleneck. In that case follow wanderer's advice. I've only used teaming to provide redundancy; with a couple of hundred users doing file sharing per server I never managed to come anywhere near overloading the NIC.


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#3
March 10, 2011 at 14:36:07
"users are complaining about slowness"

Slowness in what, Internet Browsing, File Access, File copying, computer booting or what?

What is the ping results from a terminal to the server?


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March 10, 2011 at 14:44:17
Are the workstations pointed to the 2008 server for DNS? If not this can cause delays.

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