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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview–NIC Teaming


Note:- This test is conducted using Windows 8 Server Developer Preview and subject to change when beta release.

Previously NIC teaming is supported by hardware vendor. However this has changed when Windows 8 Developer Preview release to public.

Now, NIC Teaming has natively available on the Windows 8 operating system and it is a good news for Hyper-V use. In this post, i will show you on how to configure NIC Teaming whereby the #1 NIC is Intel and #2 NIC is using Dlink.

NIC Teaming Windows 8 Developer Preview from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.

With this feature, we can now eliminate possible issue which we always encounter when use teaming for Hyper-V deployment.

Good to have an item !


  1. Does the join the two links? 200Mbps? or just for failover?

  2. Hi Eric,
    It gives you everything.
    You get failover plus aggregation. By default a team spreads the traffic across all participating NICs.
    More like the concept of NIC bonding with load balancing. But the implementation is more like Teaming.

  3. What link aggregaton protocols are supported? i.e. How do you have to configure the switch? LACP?

  4. can you run iscsi over the teamed links?

  5. Hi,

    Quite a lot of question in here. Let answer one at a time.
    1. Link Aggregation protocol and configure on switch , LACP?
    Lai reply- not sure yet. Will keep you posted when i get the information.
    2. ISCSI over teamed links?
    Lai reply- Nope. The recommended for iSCSI is MPIO.

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