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is there any way of creating a team using 2 of these adapters???

or would it be possible to reflash the desktop adapter with server firmware as the cards look pretty much exactly the same???
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post #2 of 11
The team is done with software, not firmware.

There is the intel teaming software you can use but you'd also have to have 2 network cards that are identical. If you're doing it properly you'll need them on 2 different switches using 2 different VLAN's as well.

Question though, why are you wanting to team two of these together?

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EDIT http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/cs-009747.htm

That shoudl help
post #3 of 11
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I have 2 intel pro 1000 pt adapters which are identical, but according to intel website you have to have a server adapter present to create a team.

the reason I wanted to do it is my server has a dual port pro 1000 pt already it it and an SLA team created and my netgear switch allows me to create trunks.

so I just wanted to toy with a 2gb link between my server and desktop so see what the transfer limits would be.
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post #4 of 11
It'll just give you 2Gb/s give or take as long as you set them to both live with no fault tolerance.

TBH though, in a commercial environment you'd never have 2 network cards configured like that, it'll always be fault tolerance over anything else, also if you wanted a 2/4gb connection then you'd move over to a fiber connection since the only things that would utilise that bandwidth would be something like a file server connected to a SAN or a VM host connected to a SAN. The rest of it would be ok with just a standard 4 port 2 switch setup.

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i have a perc 6 in my server and a 2 drive raid 0 in my desktop so im hoping to get around 160+ back and forward, I get a stable 108-113 at the moment.
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Our SAN pumps out between 10 - 15000MB/s across a multi-fiber backbone. To be honest I doubt you'll be able to saturate a single 1GB connection with your rig at home. I mean if you really wanted to set it up you might see a small amount of performance increase but I doubt it.

There must be some other reason as to why you want to set up teaming in this fashion, are you streaming HD video or something (That's fine over a 1Gb Ethernet either way)

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post #7 of 11
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I stream hd and 3d media to a few smart TV's around my home aswell as downloading etc.

I mainly wanna do it cause I brought a switch that could, simple as really.

Like I said I get 108-112-113mb/s with pretty much every 5+gb transfer to my server.

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post #8 of 11
That's fair enough, I mean obviously you'd have to set up teaming on your server as well otherwise you'd bottleneck there as well...

Otherwise, the link I provided would allow for you to set up teaming.

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post #9 of 11
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i already have a team setup on the server as SLA and my switch has the last 4 ports trunked into 2 groups.

I have just installed the 2 pro 1000 desktop adapters into my desktop and when trying to team with the intel proset it says I cannot without 1 server adapter being present.

my idea was to flash with 1 or both to appear as server adapter instead of desktop adapters but I cannot seem to find the required firmware.
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post #10 of 11
There isn't any need to flash them with a server based card firmware... Just leave them as they are since you risk bricking the card.

If that's the case though on your server, you might as well.

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