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Virtual Windows Server 2008 Not Recognizing Multiple Cat 5 Connections

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June 23, 2010 9:40:09 PM

Okay so here is my problem. I am running 10 cat 5 cables from a switch to a server that is running VMware ESX.

I am running Windows Server 2008 ENT, and need more then one gigabit connection. How can I bind multiple 1 gig connections to give me more bandwidth for ISCI ?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
June 24, 2010 4:59:15 AM

You need network cards (and drivers) and a managed switch that will support it. Do you know what NIC's / switch you're using? You'll need to enable LACP / 802.3ad on the switch ports and then setup your NIC software per it's instructions.

This can be kinda confusing as there are about a million different keywords you maybe looking for when setting this up on both the NIC's and the switch, some vendors call it different things:

LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol) aka Link Aggregation
802.3ad
NIC Teaming
Trunking
Bonding

Good luck, if you can post the hardware you're working with we maybe able to help confirm it supports it.
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