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PRO 1000 NIC teaming w/ProSet

Hello,

Our current Exchange servers have 2 Intel PRO 1000's in a Switch Fault Tolerance mode. There are no IP's assigned to the individual NIC's. There is a single IP assigned to the team. No problems.

 

Some in my group are proposing assigning IP's to each NIC and the virtual NIC for our upcoming Exchange 2007 servers.

 

I don't see any benefit. I just see it adding more complexity and requiring 3 times as many IP addresses.

 

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Steve

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Re: PRO 1000 NIC teaming w/ProSet

Steve,

Without more information, my "best guess" for the recommendation would be with regard to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 "Always On" solution. This solution is a clustering solution (CCR) where there is a public network connection (virtual) of the active and passive servers and connection for the heartbeat between the active and passive servers through a private network connection with separate network-addressing scheme.

A couple of links I found that goes into more discussion regarding CCR:

http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?editorialsid=744 http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?editorialsid=744

http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/08/09/428642.aspx http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/08/09/428642.aspx

Other than that, I would need more information with regard to the "why" of the recommendation to be of more assistance. Does this help you?

Don

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Re: PRO 1000 NIC teaming w/ProSet

Hi,

Once adapters are added to a team the IP addresses assigned to the individual ports are no longer relevant. The team's virtual adapter controls the traffic to & from the individual ports. After creating a team, assigning IPs to the individual adapters won't result in any benefit.

-Justin

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