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By thomas.winkler ·
Hi,

sorry for posting again, but I still have 4 Questions:

Do I have to install a special Network-Driver to provide loadbalancing ??

I have to give both 2 NIC's the same IP or not ??

Do both OS's, W2K and NT 4.0 provide loadbalancing ?

And is my bandwidth then 200 MBit/s ??


Great, if you or someone else can help me !

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by guy In reply to @ Garetjax (loadbalancing ...

Each Network Card will need its own IP address, (consider diffent subnets) also each card needs its own I/O and IRQ setttings.

You can use the usual NIC drivers, just as if it was a normal machine.

Both operating systems provide load balancing.

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by paul.haviland.ctr In reply to @ Garetjax (loadbalancing ...

NT does not support load balancing on the same network you would have to have multiple networks. Some switches will do load balancing for you.

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by DC1 In reply to @ Garetjax (loadbalancing ...

Read up on Windows Load Balancing Service. It is OK. You should look at a hardware device to do you loadbalancing if possible. Costly but much more effective than a software solution. Check out Cisco and there load balancer.

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by steve_price In reply to @ Garetjax (loadbalancing ...

You need the WLBS driver which is part to the NT enterprise edition ( now discontinued)
Both NIC need to be different subnets, (MS say different Class C but that is not true)

your effective bandwidth will a bit short of the full 200mb, you lose a bit for wlbs overheads.

there is a MS white paper about this, it is a bit vague but most of the info is there

Don't know about W2k I don't use it

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by garetjax In reply to @ Garetjax (loadbalancing ...

Hello Again...

If you are using Intel or Compaq server NICs, the "standard" driver software will allow you to set up "teams" of adapters in a fault-tolerant, load-balanced, or combined environment. It works in NT4 and W2K.

Additionally, Ciscoallows mutliple NICs to be bonded together to provide increased bandwidth. Their technology is called FastEtherChannel.

Lastly, the maximum bandwidth equals 200MB for two 100Mbit NICs. However, Ethernet does not allow 100% utilization by its very nature.

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