Networking Connectivity
Intel® PRO/100 Intelligent Server Adapter
Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT) Under Windows NT* 4.0 Installation Notes

Overview

Adapter Fault Tolerance provides link redundancy for two PRO/100 Server adapters. When configured, there becomes a primary and secondary EtherExpress PRO/100 server adapter. If the primary loses communication with the hub/switch, the secondary automatically takes over. The secondary adapter will take over for such reasons as cable connection problems, switch or hub port failure or adapter failure. For more information on adapter fault tolerance please see the readme file AFT.TXT.

Before you get started

Before you can configure the PRO/100 Server adapter for Adapter Fault Tolerance, you need to do the following:

  • Install two PRO/100 Server adapters in a Windows NT* 4.0 system as described in the readme file MSNT40.TXT. When the installation is complete, make sure you restart Windows NT.

  • If connecting to a hub, each PRO/100 Server adapter in a team will need to be connected to a separate port, which is in the same collision domain. If connected to a switch, each EtherExpress PRO/100 server adapter in a team will have to be connected to a separate port which is in the same network.

General instructions

  1. Double-click on the Network Icon in the Control Panel.

  2. Select the Adapter tab and double-click the "Intel EtherExpress PRO/100 Server PCI Adapter" found in the Network Adapters list box. This will launch the Intel PROSet utility.

  3. Click on the Fault Tolerance button.

  4. The Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance dialog box appears. Click OK to continue. Adapter Fault Tolerance will automatically be installed.

  5. To complete the configuration and installation, you will need to click the Close button in the Network dialog box. This will update the bindings and allow you to assign the adapters to an Adapter Fault Tolerance team.

  6. The dialog box 'Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Configuration Manager' is displayed during the binding process after the Close button is clicked. Follow the directions on the screen to assign EtherExpress PRO/100 Server adapters to the Fault Tolerance team. When finished, click OK to continue.

    NOTE: If you are creating more than one Adapter Fault Tolerance team, do not restart Windows NT until all teams are created.

  7. To add additional Adapter Fault Tolerance teams, repeat this process starting with step 1.

Additional information

Launching the Configuration Manager:

To launch the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Configuration Manager, select the Adapters tab in the Network dialog box. Highlight the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Team and select Properties.

Identifying the Properties of the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Team:

In the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Configuration Manager, highlight the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance team and click Properties. See Help for more detailed information about the settings.

Identifying the Properties of the EtherExpress PRO/100 Server Adapter in a Fault Tolerance Team:

In the Intel Adapter Fault Tolerance Configuration Manager, highlight the EtherExpress PRO/100 Server Adapter and click Properties. See Help for more detailed information about the settings.

This applies to:

Intel® PRO/100 Intelligent Server Adapter



Solution ID: CS-016058
Last Modified: 20-Oct-2014
Date Created: 05-Oct-2004
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