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Oh balls, that's what I get for not reading that thread tongue.gif
Yep, team those NICs. What switch do you have? You might be limited with teaming options... although Hyper-V Server 2012 will have some pretty neat NIC features.

I looked into Switches and realised you needed a smart switch to take advantage of NIC Teaming so I lined up two options:

1. Don't use NIC Teaming and use this

or

2. Use NIC Teaming and use this however I'd only be using a Smart switch in the server cupboard there's several other switches going into the network (they'd all be unmanaged) to support: 2PC's in the one room, APs and Sonos bridges.

There's about a £20 price difference between the unmanaged and the smart switch going by the lowest price on Google Shopping.
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I looked into Switches and realised you needed a smart switch to take advantage of NIC Teaming so I lined up two options:
1. Don't use NIC Teaming and use this
or
2. Use NIC Teaming and use this however I'd only be using a Smart switch in the server cupboard there's several other switches going into the network (they'd all be unmanaged) to support: 2PC's in the one room, APs and Sonos bridges.
There's about a £20 price difference between the unmanaged and the smart switch going by the lowest price on Google Shopping.

You can team without a "smart" switch. I used to use adaptive load balancing with a desktop switch with Intel NICs - but LACP is better.
Hyper-V 2012 can team any NIC with any switch, though smile.gif

http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12572
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You can team without a "smart" switch. I used to use adaptive load balancing with a desktop switch with Intel NICs - but LACP is better.
Hyper-V 2012 can team any NIC with any switch, though smile.gif
http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12572

I had a read at that article thanks for the link, the blog looks really interesting, I'm going to have a read at his other stuff when I get a few minutes.

The new features in Win Server 2012 make it really tempting! I think I'll be going with that and using exchange.
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I had a read at that article thanks for the link, the blog looks really interesting, I'm going to have a read at his other stuff when I get a few minutes.
The new features in Win Server 2012 make it really tempting! I think I'll be going with that and using exchange.

You can't go wrong with that! biggrin.gif
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You can't go wrong with that! biggrin.gif

Thanks for the advice! I've already + rep'd you biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the advice! I've already + rep'd you biggrin.gif

No worries smile.gif
And I don't do it for the rep - so it wouldn't bother me either way!!
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The MS Server thing is really just to help me get into Uni so it doesn't need to MS Server I'd just like to know what's out there and what you guys think is best but yeah I've got a machine that'll be running Win Server 2008 for my course. I'm looking into running a pFSense firewall on an old machine just now, I've heard good things both on here and elsewhere it also seems to support everything I need (VPN, etc).
Is Exchange user friendly? The only reason for me needing a mail sever is for the custom @ address, it's only going to be used for 3 people.
Is it worth waiting for Win Server 2012 and picking up the OEM Foundation version?

If you want easy and cheap, then why not just use Google Apps? It free for personal use and you can have up to 10 users per Google Apps account (and AFAIK there's no limit on the number of e-mail addresses per user)
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Just an FYI, but you can get some older model managed switches on ebay for pretty cheap. Look for the Dell 5324 for example; it's going for around $75 now and has all the features you could possibly want at home, including LACP.
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Sorry to spark this thread up again guys but I'm in need of some more advice regarding which edition of Win Server to go with.

I want to use Win Server 2012 when it comes out but at the moment I can't find any decent comparisons of the editions so I'm going by the Win Server 2008 comparison sheet.

Having had a read of this PDF from MS's website I'm a little unsure if the 'Foundation' version will cover all the things that I need (previously mentioned in this thread).

Could someone advise me as to the foundation version being adequate for me?

Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice!
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Sorry to spark this thread up again guys but I'm in need of some more advice regarding which edition of Win Server to go with.
I want to use Win Server 2012 when it comes out but at the moment I can't find any decent comparisons of the editions so I'm going by the Win Server 2008 comparison sheet.
Having had a read of this PDF from MS's website I'm a little unsure if the 'Foundation' version will cover all the things that I need (previously mentioned in this thread).
Could someone advise me as to the foundation version being adequate for me?
Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice!

Well that PDF is for Server 2008 R2, not 2012. 2012 comes in two main editions...Standard, and Datacenter (no more Enterprise). Basically, if you are just running a single app (Exchange, System Center Product, Domain Controller, etc)...use Standard. If you are using Hyper-V with several VMs (I think the magic number is 9 or more for cost savings) then use Datacenter. There is also a Foundations edition, that I know nothing about.

If you are planning to build a box to run VMs on, install Hyper-V Server 2012 on there (it's free, basic, lightweight, no real GUI) and you spin up your VMs on it. If you want more function on your actual host, chances are Standard edition is what you will want (even if running a few VMs).
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