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Does Windows 8 support LACP (NIC teaming)

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    Does Windows 8 support LACP (NIC teaming)


    I am in the process of setting up a Windows Home Server using an Intel-based micro atx board and plan to put a 4 NIC Intel Server PCI-e card in it, and "team" the four NIC's for a max throughput of 4gb/s. I am also building another Desktop. This will be my "main" PC and is going to be very high end with an ASUS Z87 Expert motherboard and the unlocked Haswell i7 CPU. I plan to install a 4 NIC Intel Server PCI-e card in that as well (and set up teaming) so I can get an effective 4gb/s transfer rate between the new PC and Windows Home Server. The rest of the house will have a standard gigabit connection. And yes, I have a switch that supports LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol or "teaming").

    Anyway's bottom line is should I install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on my new Desktop PC? I would prefer to install Windows 8, but I was told by someone on another forum (smallnetbuilder.com) that they thought LACP was not supported by Windows 8 and that I would need to use Windows 7. I searched all over the web, but I can't get a clear cut answer to my question. Anyone know for sure?

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    NIC teaming is limited to the Windows Server operations and is not in the Windows Client (7 and 8) OS.

    That is the default NIC teaming method that can offer you the choice to use LACP or to use switch independent so that each interface can be on different switches.

    That being said some manufacturers make certain drivers to allow NIC teaming on client operating systems however I am not sure whether it supports the LACP protocol.

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    The Intel NIC's support teaming and (I think) the LACP inside the driver.
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    Well, you should be fine That is if there is a management console allowing setup since Windows 8 doesn't have one.

    Of course I am assuming the switch can support LACP as well? Otherwise it wouldn't work

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoastMaster View Post
    And yes, I have a switch that supports LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol or "teaming").
    lol
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    Haha
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    Yes the teaming function would have to be included with the drivers as it's not installed at the software level in Windows 7 or 8.

    You might find this functionality in older Windows 7 or Vista network drivers, but teaming was abandoned long ago driver wise in Windows 7. The old NVidia drivers had this function working but it was way back in the Vista days. Not sure about Intel drivers but I doubt the current drivers for Windows 7 will support teaming.

    The following link shows how to set up teaming in server 2012.
    NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 :: Windows Server 2012 :: Articles & Tutorials :: WindowsNetworking.com
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