Network teaming on Windows Server 2012 R2 using UniFi hardware

Ever wonder how to beat the speed limitation on the network interface card (NIC)? Or better yet, provide a redundant connection to your server? I set out to research how to make this happen.  Through my research, I found out about network teaming on Windows Server 2012 R2, and how it can provide both speed and redundancy for a server infrastructure.  This article shows you briefly how to configure network teaming on Windows Server.  The server is a Dell PowerEdge server with a quad port NIC. I’m going to connect all four ports into a Link Aggregated Connection Protocol (LACP) mode.

Due to the configuration of network teaming on Windows Server, the connection to the server will now be four times as fast as a single connection.  That is 4 Gbps instead of 1 Gbps. However, there is a nuance that I am going to make.

I’m going to make it a redundant LACP between two UniFi switches. That means two cables going to each of the two switches. It should keep the throughput the same, but provide for one of the switches to die.

Here’s how I’m doing it:

UniFi setup

Configure two ports on each switch for link aggregation within the UniFi Controller.

Configuration of network teaming on Windows Server 2012 R2

Create a NIC team with the two connections and set it to LACP mode.  You can follow step by step instructions here: Technet Blog Article

Network teaming on Windows Server 2012 R2
Image source: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2012/06/02/windows-server-2012-creating-a-nic-team-for-load-balancing-and-failover/

If you are new to UniFi, I encourage you to give it a shot! UniFi is one of the fastest growing network products and they provide amazing technical support and specifications that line up with the big suppliers. If you purchase UniFi gear and you need help installing it, I would be happy to help with my Fiverr gig!

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