The NIC Teaming (also called "Link Aggregation") or LBFO (Load Balancing and FailOver) consists of "merge" 2 network adapters into one to perform load balancing or fault tolerance.
The NIC Teaming also allows you to increase the bandwidth of your server thanks to this combination of network cards.
To get started, start the Server Manager and go to the "Local Server" section.
Then, in the right part, locate the "NIC Teaming" option and click the "Disabled" link.
Then, in the "Teams" section, click on "Tasks -> New Team".
Enter a name for this new team and select the network adapters to associate.
In the "Additional properties" section at the bottom of the window you will find different options :
For more information about these configurations, see the Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming User Guide or Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming User Guide depending on your version of Windows Server.
You can also refer to the "Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management" documentation of Microsoft.
If you clicked on the "... : Default VLAN" link, you can choose to belong to a VLAN.
If you don't use VLANs on your local network, leave the "Default" option selected.
Now you have an "InformatiWeb Teaming" team that has 2 network cards (Ethernet0 and Ethernet1).
In the local server properties, click "Tasks -> Refresh" to update the displayed information.
Now, Windows Server tells you that the NIC Teaming is enabled and that you have an "InformatiWeb Teaming" team.
By default, this "network adapter" will receive an IP address from a DHCP server.
In the list of network connections, you will see that a new "InformatiWeb Teaming" network connection has appeared.
But, when you look at the properties of your network connections, you will see that the true network adapters have only the Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol.
And that the "Internet Protocol Version x (TCP/IPvx)" configurations will only be available on the virtual "network card" that corresponds to the team configured previously.
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