NIC Teaming Overview
Published: February 29, 2012
Updated: November 5, 2014
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2
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:
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.