Implementing NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2016

By | 03/04/2018

What is NIC Teaming?
NIC Teaming allows you to combine up to 32 network adapters and then use them as a single network interface. NIC Teaming provides redundancy, allowing network communication to occur over the combined network interface even when one or more of the network adapters fail. The combination of network adapters also increases the bandwidth available to the combined network interface. NIC Teaming is a feature that is available in the Windows Server 2016 operating system. Both the Hyper-V host and the Hyper-V virtual machines can use the NIC Teaming feature. A NIC team can contain only one network adapter, but when it has only one network adapter, the NIC team cannot provide load balancing and failover. Still, you can use a NIC team with only one network adapter in it for the separation of network traffic when you are also using virtual local area networks (VLANs).

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Lets get started.

1 – Open Server Manager, and then on the Tools, click Hyper-V Manager.


2 – Right-click on VM  Settings as shown in image below.


3 – Go to Adapter then Advanced Features, tick Enable this network adapter to be part of a team in the guest operating system.


4 – In the Server Manager console tree, click the Local Server node.


5 – In the Properties details pane, next to the NIC Teaming item, click the Disabled hyperlink.


6 – In the NIC Teaming diog box, in the Adapters and Interfaces pane, click LAN 001, and then in the Tasks list, select Add to new team.


7 – In the Add to new team dialog box, in the Team name box, type Host NIC Team, and Member adapters list Select NIC LAN 002, then click OK.


8 – In the NIC Teaming dialog box, in the Teams pane, note the following details:

a. Team: Host NIC Team
b. Status: OK
c. Teaming Mode: Switch Independent
d. Load Balancing: Address Hash
e. Adapters: 2


9 – Verify that Your Server.


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