Network Adapter Teaming in windows 8

The networking features in Windows 8 are exciting stuff. Microsoft has addressed a variety of redundancy and performance features with this release and overviewed them at build.

Windows 8 comes with native Network Adapter Teaming, which means you do not need to pre-install or configure any software provided by the network adapter vendor for the NIC Teaming. Now you can team two or more network adapters even if they are from different vendors and configure them as team members. You can expose the teamed network adapter to Virtual Switch Manager in Hyper-V and connect directly to workloads.

With this feature, we can now eliminate possible issue which we always encounter when use teaming for Hyper-V deployment

Network Adapter Teaming – Load Balancing Failover (LBFO)

We all spent a fair amount of time troubleshooting third party vendor network adapter teaming suites. Thankfully, those days will be the past, as Windows 8 now delivers an out of box network adapter teaming capability. The highlights are:

  • It is manageable through both PowerShell and the GUI
  • Supported on various NIC types, or even different NIC types      in the same team
  • Up to 32 NICs
  • Unlimited virtual interfaces
  • Multiple teaming modes

How to configure it?

Let us start from the server manager interface Click on the Server Manager icon available by default on task bar

The Server Manager lists the servers, events, services, roles and features etc..

Right click on the server to initiate the network adaptor teaming configuration wizard.

NIC teaming windows opens with the available list of servers, their network adaptors and their teams if already configured earlier

Click on the TASKS in TEAMS and select New Team

Name your team and select the team members from the listed network adapters

Click on additional properties to configure Teaming mode and Load distribution mode.

Click Apply and OK, your team is ready.

Notice a nice little network adapter appeared under the Network connections.

You can use this teamed network adapter to configure hyper-V workloads.

From Hyper-V console, click on Virtual Switch Manager, create an External network and select Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexer driver.


About Jayachandran PK
My passion is for Microsoft technologies and how if properly implemented, they can provide actual value for an organization especially in the field of infrastructure, virtualization and system monitoring. I work for the biggest Microsoft partner in Kuwait, specialized in project consultation and implementation services for enterprise clients. When I'm not at work, I try to contribute back through a charitable organization dedicated to prompting cultural values of Kerala. In my free time, I dabble in gardening and am also an avid solar power aficionado.

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