FAQ-Bonding NICs on the Windows OS

Publication Date:  2015-06-16 Views:  210 Downloads:  0
Issue Description
Bonding NICs on the Windows OS.
Software and Hardware Preparations:

Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM or a server with Windows Server 2003 SP2 installed

Bonding driver: Intel(R) PRO Network Connections Software Version 11.1

IxChariot packet sending tool

Two XCBA switch boards (V200R013B01D018 or later)

Three S5624 switches

One DVD-ROM drive and several network cables

One BH22
  • Board: WBSA
  • CPU: Intel(R)Xeon(R)CPU 5138@2.13GHz
  • 8 GB memory
  • Network interface card (NIC): Intel 82571

Verifying the Bonding Driver

1.  The Windows Server 2003 operating system (OS) uses functions provided by the Intel bonding driver for grouping and bonding.

Configuring the Redundancy Mode

2.  Install the Intel 82571 NIC driver Intel(R) PRO Network Connections Software Version 11.1.

Double-click Autorun.exe in the program package. The installation window shown in Figure 1 is displayed. Choose Install Drivers. Accept the end user license agreement, choose full installation, and click Next until the program installation is complete.

Figure 1 Installation window

3.  Group NICs.

On the OS desktop, right-click My Computer, and choose Manage > Device Manager > Network adapters. Right-click the Intel NIC, and choose Properties from the shortcut menu. The properties page shown in Figure 2 is displayed. Click the Teaming tab, select Teaming with other adapters in the Teaming options area, and click OK.

Figure 2 Properties page

4.  Select a team mode.

   Enter a name in the Specify a name for the team text box and click Next, as shown in Figure 3. In the dialog box that is displayed, select two Intel 82571 NICs, and click Next, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 3 Specifying a team name

Figure 4 Selecting NICs

In the dialog box that is displayed, select Adapter Fault Tolerance in the Select a team mode area, and click Next in sequence, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5 Selecting a team mode

5.  Query the bonding result.

Query the bonding result in the Device Manager. Figure 6 shows the bonding result.

Figure 6 Bonding result

After connecting network cables, right-click TEAM: TeamIntel82571 and choose Properties. On the Settings tab, one NIC is in the active state, and the other is in the standby state, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7 NIC status

Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter is in the active state, and Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter #2 is in the standby state. Pay attention to status changes in subsequent operations.

Status changing takes certain time. When the active NIC changes to a standby NIC, its status is displayed as Disable for certain time, and then the status is displayed as Standby.

In the properties of My Network Places, you can view the newly added logical NIC. Configure an IP address for the logical NIC in the same way as a common NIC.

Configuring the Load Balancing Mode:

6.  Configure the server and install the driver in the same way as Configuring the Redundancy Mode. When selecting a team mode, select Static Link Aggregation, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8 Selecting a team mode