Configuring Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine
NIC teaming is a new feature of Windows Server 2012, which allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purpose of providing network fault tolerance and continuous availability. When one of the network adapters fail, the other one takes over without requiring third-party hardware or software. Windows Server 2012 NIC teaming is supported by any vendor’s network card but both are recommended to be identical, in terms of speed and vendor. Windows Server 2012 supports NIC Teaming up to 32 Network Cards. Hyper-V supports only two.Image Copy From http://www.aidanfinn.com Here we will configure NIC teaming for Hyper-V virtual machine. In the following steps, we will create, configure and add NIC teaming to a Hyper-V virtual machine.
1. Open Server Manager, click on All Servers or Hyper-V on the left-hand side pane, then right-click on the server, HOST1 to enable NIC teaming and select Configure NIC Teaming.2. In the NIC Teaming dialog-box, click on TASKS and click New Team. 4. For the few seconds, we get Fault Status in NIC Teaming dialog-box and then get Online Status. 5. Under ADAPTERS AND INTERFACES, Click Team Interfaces Tab, Right-Click on Team Interface name, Corporate External Team and Click Properties.
Network Fault tolerance is often overlooked. In High Availability Systems, this feature can be of great utility as the downtime is zero in terms of Network connectivity due to NIC failure.