Adapter Teaming options Adapter Teaming Options ======================= The PRO/100+ Server adapter provides several options for increasing throughput and fault tolerance when running Windows NT 4.0 or NetWare 4.1x and newer: Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT) - provides automatic redundancy for your adapter. If the primary adapter fails, the secondary takes over. Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB) - creates a team of 2 - 4 adapters to increase transmission throughput. Also includes AFT. Works with any 100BASE-TX switch. Fast EtherChannel* (FEC) - creates a team of 2 or 4 adapters to increase transmission and reception throughput. Also includes AFT. Requires a Cisco switch with FEC capability. To set up an option, go to the instructions in the Windows NT 4.0 or NetWare 4.1x readme files. General Configuration Notes =========================== - Windows NT versions prior to 4.0 don't support Adapter Teaming options. - Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 or later, with the NDIS driver hotfix (NDISFIXI), is required for implementing Adapter Teaming properly. Install these prior to configuring Adapter Teaming. Support Sites for Microsoft Patches Service Pack 3: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa /nt40/ussp3 NDIS Driver Hotfix: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/ nt40/hotfixes-postsp3/ndis-fix/ Adapter Fault Tolerance ======================= Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT) is a simple, effective, and fail-safe approach to increase the reliability of server connections. AFT gives you the ability to set up link recovery to the server adapter in case of a cable, port, or network interface card failure. By assigning two PRO/100+ Server adapters as a team, AFT enables you to maintain uninterrupted network performance. AFT is implemented with two PRO/100+ Server adapters: a primary adapter and a backup, or secondary, adapter. During normal operation, the backup will have transmit disabled. If the link to the primary adapter fails, the link to the backup adapter automatically takes over. Adaptive Load Balancing ======================= Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB) is a simple and efficient way to increase your server's transmission throughput. With ALB, as you add adapters to your server, you can group them in teams to provide up to a 400 Mbps transmit rate and a 100 Mbps receive rate, with a maximum of four adapters. The ALB software continuously analyzes transmit loading on each adapter and balances the transmission across the adapters as needed. Adapter teams configured for ALB also provide the benefits of AFT. Receive rates remain at 100 Mbps. To use ALB, you must have two, three, or four PRO/100+ Server adapters installed in your server and linked to the same network switch. Cisco Fast EtherChannel ======================= Fast EtherChannel (FEC) is a performance technology developed by Cisco to increase your server's throughput. Unlike ALB, FEC can be configured to increase both transmission and reception channels between your server and switch. FEC works only with FEC-enabled Cisco switches such as the Catalyst 5000 series. With FEC, as you add adapters to your server, you can group them in teams to provide up to 800 Mbps at full duplex, with a maximum of four PRO/100+ Server adapters. The FEC software continuously analyzes loading on each adapter and balances network traffic across the adapters as needed. Adapter teams configured for FEC also provide the benefits of AFT. To use FEC, you must have two or four PRO/100+ Server adapters installed in your server and linked to the same FEC-enabled Cisco switch. * Brand, name, or trademark owned by another company.Download Driver Pack
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