Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V & Network Card (NIC) Teaming

A great little piece on NIC teaming with Windows. Aidan Finn says his mind is changed now that it’s included in Windows Server 2012 and fully supported for Hyper-V and failover clustering.

True, MSFT hasn’t had NIC teaming and there’s a KB article which says they don’t support it.   NIC teaming is something that the likes of HP, Dell, Intel and Broadcom provided using their software.   If you had a problem, MSFT might ask you to remove it.   And guess what, just about every networking issue I’ve heard on on Hyper-V was driver or NIC teaming related.

As a result, I’ve always recommended against NIC teaming using OEM software.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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