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By JayMack ·
I am trying to configure a solution for faster backups on a backup server running win2k server and one nic card running at 100mb/full duplex. I am looking for info on adapter teaming or putting another adapter with a different ip address,what would be the increase in speed and would it be feasable. Thanks for any response.

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by nohdowt In reply to adapter teaming vs. separ ...

Adapter teaming has two benefits:
1. fault tolerance; if one adapter fails, the other takes over.
2. bandwidth aggregation for performance improvements.

The first benefit is easy to set up. Just add the 2nd NIC and turn on the teaming software.
The 2nd benefit is more involved. Adding a 2nd NIC to combine bandwidth means you need to also have an ethernet switch that supports aggregation like Cisco's Fast Etherchannel standard. So more money is involved here as well. Performance can beincreased to 800Mb/s with more NICs using this option.
Do a search on the Intel web site for more detailed info.
Hope this helps........

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