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Network Interface Card (NIC) Teaming

Updated: November 5, 2014

Applies To: Windows Server 2012



NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing and failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters on a computer to be placed into a team for the following purposes:

  • Bandwidth aggregation

  • Traffic failover to prevent connectivity loss in the event of a network component failure

This feature has been a requirement for independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to enter the server network adapter market, but until now NIC Teaming has not been included in Windows Server operating systems.

For more information about NIC Teaming in Windows Server® 2012 R2, see Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management.

For more information about NIC Teaming in Windows Server® 2012, see Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management.

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