2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 22, 2012 12:01 PM by Infinidem

    Network Teaming using ProSetCL on Windows Server Core

    Infinidem

      I have a server with 8 network adapters in it.

       

      C:\Program Files\Intel\DMIX\CL>ProSetCL Adapter_Enumerate

       

          Number of adapters currently present: 8

       

              1) Intel(R) 82580 Gigabit Network Connection

              2) Intel(R) 82580 Gigabit Network Connection #4

              3) Intel(R) 82580 Gigabit Network Connection #3

              4) Intel(R) I350 Gigabit Network Connection

              5) Intel(R) 82580 Gigabit Network Connection #2

              6) Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter #2

              7) Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter

              8) Intel(R) I350 Gigabit Network Connection #2

       

      My goal is to make 4 Network Teams, I used the Latest Driver Set from the ProWinX64 installation.   At first I want to create a single team between adapter 4 and adapter 8.  When I execute the command to create a team, it returns failed.  Further inspection shows that adapter 4 has teaming capabilities and adapter 8 does not, as seen in this out put

       

      C:\Program Files\Intel\DMIX\CL>ProSetCL Adapter_EnumerateCapabilities 4

       

      4) Intel(R) I350 Gigabit Network Connection

       

          Supported Capabilities:

       

              1000 Mbps Support

              100 Mbps Support

              10 Mbps Support

              Adapter Fault Tolerance

              Adapter Load Balancing

              Boot Agent Support

              Diagnostics Support

              802.3AD Support

              SLA Support

              Identify Support

              Intel Adapter

              iSCSI Support

              LOM Support

              Power Management Support

              Server Adapter Support

              SFT Support

              Teaming

              VLAN

              Wake On LAN Support

              Jumbo Frame Support

              Scalable Networking Pack Support

       

      C:\Program Files\Intel\DMIX\CL>ProSetCL Adapter_EnumerateCapabilities 8

       

      8) Intel(R) I350 Gigabit Network Connection #2

       

          Supported Capabilities:

       

              1000 Mbps Support

              100 Mbps Support

              10 Mbps Support

              Boot Agent Support

              Diagnostics Support

              Identify Support

              Intel Adapter

              iSCSI Support

              LOM Support

              Power Management Support

              VLAN

              Wake On LAN Support

              Jumbo Frame Support

              Scalable Networking Pack Support

       

      Adapter 6 and 7 also show that teaming is not a supported capability, yet that same adapter in another server shows that they are.

       

      Any suggestions on what the problem/configuration might be?

        • 1. Re: Network Teaming using ProSetCL on Windows Server Core
          mark_h_@intel

          Hi,

          The lack of teaming capabilities for the Ethernet ports is probably caused by two different reasons.

           

          For Intel(R) I350 Gigabit Network Connection #2, this port probably has system management capabilities. Teaming is not supported on a port that can be used for server management, because the management engine takes precedence.IF you have a BIOS option to disable the management engine and if you don't plan to use that capability, you could try disabling it and then checking the capabilities.


          I am not sure why the Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter ports are not advertising the teaming capabilities. Have you tried creating a team with them even though the capability is not advertised? If you cannot get the teaming to work on these ports, then I would try uninstalling the Intel Network Connections software and then install the software again. I can not think of any good reason why you should not be able to team those ports.

           

          I hope this helps.

           

          Mark H

          • 2. Re: Network Teaming using ProSetCL on Windows Server Core
            Infinidem

            Hi,

             

            I ended up rebuilding the operating system and without making any changes to the Bios all the cards are now showing the expected options.  My Experience with Server Core over the last 4 years is that any hardware change typically requires an OS rebuild.  This has been true on HP, Asus and Fujitsu server hardware.  I think this is evident with the lack of tools available from Microsoft for maintaining software drivers in Server core installations.

             

            The take away is that with server core installations is that they are purpose built appliances.  Once they are deployed and used, any hardware changes should be accompanied with an OS re image.

             

            In this case I had enabled the clustering feature and had used it in my Hyper-V cluster prior to adding the Dual Port cards.

             

            -Markus