NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing and failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters on a computer to be placed into a team for the following purposes:
Traffic fail-over to prevent connectivity loss in the event of a network component failure
You will need at least one adapter, which can be used for separating traffic, that is using Virtual LANs (VLANs). In order to take advantage of the LBFO benefits of NIC Teaming, you will need at least two adapters, and Windows Server 2012 will support up to 32 adapters in a single team.
In Windows server it’s called NIC Teaming, and the purposeis to take multiple physical network controllersand make them appear to Windows as one network interface.Turning on NIC Teaming is simple enough, but you will beasked a few questions that are easier to answer if we take amoment to understand the NIC Teaming environment.So let’s take a look at a couple of scenarios.Consider a file server that is heavilyused throughout our network.
Everyone needs to be able to find this file server andthis server needs to be able to send large amount of datain different directions at the same time very quickly.The requests from each work station are small enough to notgenerate a lot of traffic.For this situation it would be nice if all of the trafficto the server could be funneled throughthe same physical adapterand each client request could be routed throughwhichever physical NIC was being least used at the time.
NIC Teaming Configuration
Load Balancing Mode
In Server Manager, click Local Server.
In the Properties pane locate NIC Teaming, and then click the link Disabled to the right. The NIC Teaming dialog box opens.
3. In Adapters and Interfaces, select the network adapters that you want to add to a NIC Team.