SBS 2003 and beyond

Apr 7 2009   12:37PM GMT

Windows 2008 Server with HyperV and NIC Teaming

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I have a client who wanted his server to be fail-over safe from NIC’s to switches to his HP iSCSI MSA 2012i. We used the HP NIC teaming for the SAN NIC’s and for the HyperV NIC Teaming our first sets of tests went fine and then we started having a problem with the HyperV Servers losing connection to the network. I dug into this and found that this is a known issue with HP NIC Teaming and HyperV. Now what am I going to do to make this work properly? I dug on the web for a while and I found a post on the web from a MS test Engineer. On it he explained how to use the Broadcom Nic Management Suite to use the teaming feature from that and then create your HyperV Networking. Ok I thought what do you ahve to lose here so I set it up. I let the HP Network Management do the SANTeaming and then used the BACS 11.6.10 version do the teaming of the HyperV NIC’s. I got this setup and the Virtual Servers running and started my testing and this worked. No loss of pings or anything here. Looking better so now for the true test if I lose a NOC will they keep working so I unplugged one of the NIC’s and the HyperV Servers keep running like nothing happened. I am now on hour 16 of the test and the VSs are still going no problems.

Til Later just Roger

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