Supported Network Configuration
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
The supported network configuration for Windows Server 2012 Essentials is as follows:
A computer running Windows Server 2012 Essentials and connected to the network through a router or firewall. For more information, see How do I connect my server to my network?
Client computers running a supported operating system. For more information, see Supported operating systems for client computers and Prerequisites for connecting a computer to the server.
Some hardware manufacturers provide network adapters and drivers that feature fault tolerance technology. You can use fault tolerance technology to group network adapter ports for a connection to a single physical segment. This is known as “NIC Teaming.” If connectivity through one port does not work, another port is automatically activated to handle the connection. This process is transparent to the operating system and to other devices on the network.
The Windows Server 2012 Essentials networking wizards, such as the Remote Web Access Wizard, do not support NIC Teaming because it is a scenario that is not typically used in a small business environment.
If you choose to configure NIC Teaming, you should not do so until after you install the server and complete all the server configuration tasks.
In addition, you should not use the Windows Server 2012 Essentials networking wizards after you configure NIC Teaming because doing this will have an unknown effect on the team.
|Because the Windows Server 2012 Essentials networking wizards do not support NIC Teaming, if you configure NIC Teaming and then require assistance from Microsoft support, you will be instructed to remove NIC Teaming, and then use the Windows Server 2012 Essentials networking wizards to correctly configure the server for the network.|
Uninstall the NIC Teaming software, and then restart the server when you are prompted.
Use Device Manager to uninstall the virtual network adapter, and then restart the server when you are prompted.