Windows Server 2012 LACP NIC Teaming

NIC Teaming using Windows Server 2012(R2) has never been any easier. However, you will be presented with two options for the Teaming Mode – Switch independent or LACP. If in doubt go with the first one as this will always work and doesn’t require any further configuration. If the network switch infrastructure supports the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) I usually prefer this method, particular for production environments. Once the switch is enabled for LACP, the team dynamically configures the switch whenever it comes online or is reconfigured.  This means that you do not need to constantly log calls for the network admins when you are doing physical server operations.

Windows Server NIC - Teaming (LACP)

Windows Server NIC – Teaming (LACP)

Cisco IOS command to add 4 interfaces into a single Ethernet Channel.

interface Port-channel2
 description GLW-HYP-01 LACP
 switchport access vlan (your VLAN number(s)) if applicable otherwise omit line)
 switchport mode access
 switchport nonegotiate
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/1
 description Hyper-V LACP
 switchport access vlan (your VLAN number(s)) if applicable otherwise omit line)
 switchport mode access
 switchport nonegotiate
 spanning-tree portfast
 channel-group 2 mode active
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/2
 description Hyper-V LACP
 switchport access vlan (your VLAN number(s)) if applicable otherwise omit line)
 switchport mode access
 switchport nonegotiate
 spanning-tree portfast
 channel-group 2 mode active
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/3
 description Hyper-V LACP
 switchport access vlan (your VLAN number(s)) if applicable otherwise omit line)
 switchport mode access
 switchport nonegotiate
 spanning-tree portfast
 channel-group 2 mode active
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/4
 description Hyper-V LACP
 switchport access vlan (your VLAN number(s)) if applicable otherwise omit line)
 switchport mode access
 switchport nonegotiate
 spanning-tree portfast
 channel-group 2 mode active

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