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Server motherborad with two ethernet ports

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What can i do with them?
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Depending upon the use of the server and some other factors you could set the two to be load balanced.

Set the server to be a firewall running Endian, Untangle, ClearOS etc..

Get another NIC and set 2 NIC's to be dedicated to a firewall VM hosted by VMware Workstation or other. Then use the third NIC for accessing the host OS which could be a file server or what ever.
    
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OK thanks
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What model is the motherboard?

The procedure for setting up the "Team" (what it is called when binding NIC's together) is pretty dependent on the maker of the NIC's. Intel and Broadcom chips are easy to "team", and for those two it is done in device manager by right clicking on the first NIC, going to "Properties" and from there adding NIC one to a team, then adding NIC 2 to a team.

With my old Nvidia board I used to have to use their software, which never really worked out. Though at the time I didn't realize I could have updated the drivers, and gone the route I recommended in the PM, and in the above paragraph.
    
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What model is the motherboard?

The procedure for setting up the "Team" (what it is called when binding NIC's together).
I think that's Intel's/windows definition. Other names are Link Aggregation (pretty much universal), Etherchannel (Cisco).
    
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Depends on what you want to do.
-You could have your server exist on two (or more with VLANs) separate subnets.
-Use NIC teaming in order to be able to pump out 2 gigabit to LAN clients instead of 1
-Use NIC teaming as a failover mechanism and have your server on multiple switches
-Use your server as a router with one WAN side and one as a LAN side
-Similar to multiple subnets, if you run VMware, you can have segregated VM network connectivity

There's probably a few more that I haven't thought of.
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