The internet is gradually turning your business’ IT systems from something that has supported non-time critical back-office applications, into a frontline tool that handles everything from e-commerce through to your external communications be that via email or running your business’ telecoms. The IT systems need to be up and running 24/7 and be robust enough to survive the worst, which is why businesses spend tens of thousands on making their systems with multiple connections and multiple levels of redundancy.
However for many businesses the Achilles heel on their IT system is the connections from each server to the internet. Typically a server will rely on a single network card and should that fail the entire system is jeopardized. To build redundancy at this level by adding additional network interface cards (NIC) is a tricky and time consuming process. It requires third-party drivers, specific NICs and a great deal of tweaking to get it all right.
With Windows Server 2012 you can now team together as many NICs as you want to on your server and should one NIC go down the system will automatically switch traffic to the remaining cards. Additionally the new team functionality in Windows Server 2012 can also be used to increase your internet bandwidth. By bonding together multiple internet connections, the server can effectively create a faster “single” virtual connection.
To help you to get the most out of the network teaming, IT training experts Firebrand Training have created this handy Windows Server 2012 Infographic that takes you step-by-step through the process of teaming two or more NICs together in Windows Server 2012.
The content for the Infographic was written by Ed Baker, Firebrands lead instructor for Windows Server Training.
Marcus Austin works for Firebrand Training as a Technical Author. Marcus has over 25 years experience in the technology and business sector. His recent work includes constructing a mobile strategy for the Guardian Media Group, together with writing and editing for magazines and websites including TechRadar, Internet Retailing, IT Perspectives and Santander Breakthrough.
More Firebrand Infographics:
- How to Manage Multiple Servers with Windows Server 2012
- How to Use Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012