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Virtual Windows Server 2008 Not Recognizing Multiple Cat 5 Connections

Last response: in Networking
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
NIC Teaming

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