Originally Posted by fenderlove0`
If i have a switch with open ports would installing multiple NIC's in the server and connecting multiple Ethernet connections from the switch to the server increase transfer speeds?
if everything such as the nics and switch support the following and setup like this
Teaming Features include Failover protection, increased bandwidth throughput aggregation, and balancing of traffic among team members. Teaming Modes are AFT, SFT, ALB, Receive Load Balancing (RLB), SLA, and IEEE 802.3ad Dynamic Link Aggregation.
Features available by using Intel's Advanced Networking Software (ANS) include:
Uses one or more secondary adapters to take over for the primary adapter should the first adapter, its cabling or the link partner fail. Designed to ensure server availability to the network.
The combining of multiple adapters into a single channel to provide greater bandwidth. Bandwidth increase is only available when connecting to multiple destination addresses. ALB mode provides aggregation for transmission only while RLB, SLA, and IEEE 802.3ad dynamic link aggregation modes provide aggregation in both directions. Link aggregation modes requires switch support, while ALB and RLB modes can be used with any switch.
The distribution of the transmission and reception load the among aggregated network adapters. An intelligent adaptive agent in the ANS driver repeatedly analyzes the traffic flow from the server and distributes the packets based on destination addresses. (In IEEE 802.3ad modes the switch provides load balancing on incoming packets.)
Note: Load Balancing in ALB mode can only occur on Layer 3 routed protocols (IP and NCP IPX). Load Balancing in RLB mode can only occur for TCP/IP. Multicasts, broadcasts, and non-routed protocols are transmitted only over the primary adapter.
you will get greater transfer speeds (throughput) between your switch and server