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can i have two NIC

By scvivek_chandra ·
We are having an Desktop server for an small office setup and the configuration is P4/2.8 Ghz processor/1 gb ram and 80 gb HDD, when ever the client system access the server the network will become slow and there are 35 client system with 100 Mbs NIC with 2 switch serving those client system and now Question is can i have two NIC in server, which will be connected to two switches to access for that part of client systems. will that solve my problem(the operating system is windows 2000 advance server)hope u respond this question soon

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by BFilmFan In reply to can i have two NIC

Yes, you can have 2 NIC's in a server. You will need to use Network Load Balancing.

A presentation on the subject is linked here:

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by sgt_shultz In reply to can i have two NIC

well, i wouldn't think you would need network load balancing with that small a network but wo details only guessing. have you perused the log on the server to see if you can get clues about what the slowdown is? has it ever worked? does the server have 100mb nics? have you considered throttling them down to 10 to see the effect? is spyware rampant on your network increasing the traffic? are you using an application that runs on MS SQL Desktop? you will not fix it until you understand it imho
consider real server hardware with optimised io for server next time you can buy hardware. also look in mskb at for performance optimisation tips

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

do you have a mix of xp and win2k clients

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by rindi1 In reply to can i have two NIC

You can use as many nics as your hardware supports, and yes, it is a good idea to attach each nic to another network segment/Switch. If you connect the NICs to the same switch you need, as mentioned above, network load balancing, and that doesn' work with all NICs/ Switches.

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by ItzMe In reply to can i have two NIC

Its impossible to say if your solution will solve your problem. It could as well be a misconfiguration of your network or your server, or a damaged protocol. Use network monitor to see if the client access gives an excessive bandwith usage. Monitor also if processor usage is high at the same time. If this is the case, you will notify a slower network if another client needs to contact server resources, and have to investigate if this is normal behaviour for the client action(Most likely it isn't). If this is not the case, there is an internal problem either in your server configuration or your network (hardware?), not solved by adding a second NIC.

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