The test focused strictly on the Intel-proprietary ANS teaming. Equivalent to EtherChannel or Link Aggregation. The Intel Ethernet hardware is nice in that legacies are honored and there’s generally a single common driver for all Intel NIC’s. These can be low-end Intel NIC’s or 3rd-party adaptors. All the NIC’s could do it, including the “low end” desktop models.

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In the good old days of trusty Intel Gigabit NIC’s that you could swear on, jumbo support was automatic. Show all Show less.

Intel Ethernet Teaming

Simultaneous reception only occurs from multiple clients. Indeed, the situation has changed a little. Virtual Adapters require memory resources beyond the physical adapters.

Implementation considerations, including throughput and resource issues You can use static IP addresses for most servers including a server with a team of NICs. Features Modes Dynamic Any failover increases network latency until ARPs are resent. Actually if you don’t mess with the Ethernet ports too much, this is a piece of cake compared to e. At the same time, the “new team wizard” may propose NIC’s that are actually running with a stock driver from the Windows installer, i.

Note that there are also NIC’s that do have a driver in the system and can work in a stand-alone fashion, but do not have a Teaming tab and are not proposed as possible members in the “new team wizard. Maybe the “multi-vendor Teaming” is merely a euphemism for limited interoperability with older Intel NIC’s?


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You can easily get several dozen NIC instances active and dormant in the registry, and especially the Intel driver in Windows jntel seem to be very well tested for this use case: Hot Plug operations with non-Intel adapters that are part of a team cause system instability. Did you find this information useful?

Microsoft mentions only two basic “configurations” of their teaming subsystem: Adding a port can cause system instability. These chips have a special interconnect to the south bridge, can have special features e. The test focused strictly on the Intel-proprietary ANS teaming.

Please do not enter contact information. Teaming features include failover protection, increased bandwidth throughput aggregation, and balancing of traffic among team members.

If you download a current driver from Intel, its. In other words, in order to distinguish between a 2nd-class teamable NIC and a non-teamable NIC, you need to find a 1st-class teaming NIC and start a “new team wizard”, to see if other NIC’s in the system get proposed as possible team members.

In Windows Server but not in Win 8. I’ll debate the apparent differences in some further chapter. If you have 5 or more Ethernet ports in the system, or you keep liberally swapping cards and moving them around in slots a lot, the Intel driver can easily get confused. In order to find out, if a particular Intel NIC is “1st class”, open the device manager, find the particular NIC device and check the “Properties” dialog.


Restart the system or reload the team after doing Hot Plug operations with a team that includes a non-Intel adapter. When a primary is removed from a team, its MAC address stays with the team until the server is rebooted.

You need at least one “team member first class” in the system, to be able to configure teams. Only the primary adapter receives incoming traffic. Equivalent to EtherChannel or Link Aggregation.

Note that some teaminv updates prevented teaming from working in Windows 10 the problem has been fixed by further Windows updates. Must be used with an Cannot start a team on its own, but can be invited to become a member of a team started by a 1st-class member. Can be used with any switch.