Fault Tolerance If the primary adapter, its cabling, or the link partner fails, Intel ANS uses one or more secondary adapters to take over. The following table fairly incomplete is a record of our simple test session. Supported adapters Teaming options are supported for Windows versions where the following Intel adapters receive full software support: Receive Load Balancing RLB Offers increased network bandwidth by allowing reception over two to eight ports from multiple addresses. Link Aggregation Combines multiple adapters into a single channel to provide greater bandwidth. Deleting virtual teams directly in Windows Device Manager can cause severe consequences. Nevertheless, during the years there is some unstoppable progress, the register-level interface of the NIC hardware sometimes changes in a big step rather than by minor tweaks and slow evolution.

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With RLB, all traffic other than IP traffic, is passed on the primary adapter, regardless of its speed.

The feature set of the team e. Disabling STP prevents data loss when the primary adapter is returned to service failback. In Windows Server but not in Win 8.

Teaming with IntelĀ® Advanced Network Services

If you download a current driver from Intel, its. The Intel Ethernet hardware is nice in that legacies are honored and there’s generally a single common driver for all Intel NIC’s.

Any failover increases network latency until ARPs are resent. Hot Plug operations with non-Intel adapters that are part of a team teamin system instability.

You can use teaming to add fault tolerance, load balancing, and link aggregation features to a group of ports. Indeed, the situation has changed a little.


Note that there are also NIC’s that do have a driver in the system and can work in a stand-alone fashion, but do not have a Teaming tab and are not proposed as possible members in the “new team wizard.

Maybe the “multi-vendor Teaming” is merely a euphemism for limited interoperability with older Intel NIC’s? The Intel AMT enabled device must be designated as the primary adapter for the team. Can be used with any switch. Cannot start a team on its own, but can be invited to become a member of a team started by a 1st-class member. Safari Chrome IE Firefox. Restart the system or reload the team after doing Hot Plug operations with a team that includes a non-Intel adapter.

Teaming with IntelĀ® Advanced Network Services

When a primary is removed from a team, its MAC address stays with the team until the server is rebooted. Teaming options are supported for Windows versions where the following Intel adapters receive full software support:.

Active aggregators in software determine team membership between the switch and the ANS software or between switches. Spanning Tree STP must be running on the network to make sure that loops are eliminated.

Some Itel require reboots with any system configuration change.

Intel Ethernet Teaming

All bindings are restored when the LBFO team is removed. Only the primary adapter receives incoming traffic. VMLB provides transmit and receive traffic load balancing across Virtual Machines bound to the team interface. In order to find out, if a particular Intel NIC is “1st class”, open the device manager, find the particular NIC device and check the “Properties” dialog.


Receive Twaming Balancing RLB Offers increased network bandwidth inte allowing reception over two to eight ports from multiple addresses. The stock Intel NIC drivers, those shipped by Microsoft as part of the Windows instal media, do not come with the Intel teaming functionality.

Another feature that has surfaced “out of nowhere” is the IEEE client only support in modern Intel chips – suddenly available “across the board”. Teams display as Virtual Adapters in Windows. Show all Show less. You need at least one “team member first class” in the system, to be able to configure teams.

If you have 5 or more Ethernet ports in the system, or you keep liberally swapping cards and moving them around in slots a lot, the Intel driver can easily get etaming.

Thus, if you add another “known teamable” NIC adaptor later on, you may find out that the Teaming tab has not popped up in the device properties, even though the basic driver is installed and works just fine. Use the New Team option and follow the wizard to create a team. These chips have a special interconnect to the south bridge, can have special features e.