I have 2 100Mbps NIC cards installed into PCIe slots and connected each card to it's own desktop 8 port switch.
- Mode: switch-independent
- Load Balancing: Dynamic / Address Hash
- VLAN: I left it all as defaults
However, after setting a static IP because the team was not getting an IP from the network, I still can not seem to get the server to ping inside or outside the network.
EDIT: I played with the settings and I have noticed some glitches where the team does not seem to be act like a team. So I guess a quick question would be does hardware have to be of "highend" quality? For example I am using these switches TRENDnet TE100-S8 8-port Fast Ethernet Switch http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA25V2VW8636
EDIT: It does work, kinda, but I can't get a RDP in for example. Also, if I pull say switch 1, everything breaks and you can no longer ping out as I tested with ping -t google.com. But if I pull the other switch, the ping carries on like it should so I am lead to believe it only is using the one switch.
So I found this on a Microsoft site document I downloaded:
3.11.1 The MAC address of the team In switch independent mode with address hash or dynamic load distribution the team will use the MAC address of the primary team member (one selected from the initial set of team members) on outbound traffic. The primary team member is the first team member to bind to the team after team creation or host reboot. Since the primary team member may change in a non-deterministic manner at each boot, NIC disable/enable action, or other reconfiguration activities, the MAC address of the team may vary from time to time. Normally this won’t cause problems but there are a few cases where it may. If the primary team member is removed from the team and then placed into operation there may be a MAC address conflict. To resolve this conflict disable and enable the team interface. The process of doing a disable and enable operation on the team interface will cause it to select a new MAC address from the remaining team members. If MAC address stability is desired for the team the administrator can set the MAC address of the team to any MAC address the administrator wants to use by setting it in the primary team interface the same way that an administrator can set the MAC address of any physical NIC. SOURCE: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40319
Is this saying that if the NIC that is being used as the MAC goes down you have to restart the NIC TEAM? I've noticed I can pull one switch offline and nothing goes down, but when I pull the other it crashes despite the other switching being on so my issue would be MAC related?