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Setting up NIC Teaming for Windows Server 2012*/2012 R2*/2016*


Last Reviewed: 13-Oct-2017
Article ID: 000022706

To create a NIC Team:

  1. In Server Manager, click Local Server.
  2. In the Properties pane locate NIC Teaming, and then click the link Disabled to the right. The NIC Teaming dialog box opens.

    NIC Teaming Dialog box

  3. In Adapters and Interfaces, select the network adapters that you want to add to a NIC Team.
  4. Click TASKS, and then click Add to New Team.

    TASKS context menu

  5. The New team dialog box opens and displays network adapters and team members. In Team name, type a name for the new NIC Team.

    New Team dialog box

  6. If needed, in Additional properties, select values for Teaming mode, Load balancing mode, and Standby adapter. In most cases, the highest-performing load balancing mode is Dynamic.

    NIC Teaming dialog box

  7. If you want to configure or assign a VLAN number to the NIC Team, click the link to the right of Primary team interface. The New team interface dialog box opens.

    New team dialog box

  8. To configure VLAN membership, click Specific VLAN. Type the VLAN information in the first section of the dialog box

    NIC teaming dialog box after VLAN is selected

  9. Click OK.

 

PowerShell* Instruction

Note We recommend using Microsoft Teaming on operating systems 2012 and higher.

Creating the Network Team using PowerShell

See the Microsoft TechNet article that details NIC Teaming (NetLBFO) Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell*.

  1. Open an elevated PowerShell prompt. In the Windows® 10 taskbar search, type PowerShell. Press the W and S keys to open Search.
  2. You should now see the result Windows PowerShell at the top. Right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as Administrator.

    Win10 taskbar search


  3. If you are presented with the User Account Control prompt, click Yes.
  4. Enter the command new-NetLBFOTeam [TEAMNAME] “[NIC1]”, “[NIC2]” and press the Enter Key.
    [TEAMNAME] – the name you want to give to the team of network adapters
    [NIC1] – the name of the first network adapter found from above
    [NIC2] – the name of the second network adapter found from above

    Windows Powershell dialog


  5. Open the Network Connections by going to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.

This article applies to:

Active Products

Intel® Ethernet Controller X550-BT2
Intel® Ethernet Controller X550-AT2
Intel® NetportExpress Print Servers
Legacy Intel® Networking Adapters

Discontinued Products

Intel® NetportExpress™ 10 and 10/100 Print Servers
Intel® NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 Print Servers