How to Configure NIC Teaming in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2



Chuong K. Nguyen Enterprise Administrator


Combine multiple phisical NICs to make a logical NIC

  • Windows Server 2012 support all types of NICs.
  • On Server 2012, support 32 NICs
  • On Hyper-V, support 2 NICs.

This lab uses one machine with two NICs called LAN1 and LAN2.

  • Server Manager. Local Server. NIC Teaming is now disabled. Click on Disable to Enable it.
  • Choose both LAN1 and LAN2 as the interface for the new team.
  • Name the team to be MyTeam.
  • Wait for Status to be Active.
  • Open the MyTeam connection to see status and speed. Click Close when done.

Now we will program IP address for the team.

  • Right/Click on MyTeam and choose Internet Protocol Version 4.
  • Program it with an IP of, Subnet Mask:, DGW:, DNS:
  • Use IPCONFIG to check IP address.
  • ping –t to check
  • ping to check.
  • Disable LAN1 (pretend that LAN1 is not working).
  • Check that ping is still going.
  • Check NIC teaming status in Server Manager, you will see the status of LAN1 is “Faulted Not found”
  • Enable LAN1
  • Disable LAN2
  • Check that the pinging is still going on.
  • Check NIC teaming status in Server Manager, you will see the status of LAN2 is “Faulted Not found”
  • Enable LAN2.
  • Check status of both NICS to ensure that they are Active.
  • To continue the next steps, we need to remove LAN2 from Team1.
  • Then Remove Team1.
  • Now verify that LAN1 has the TCP/IP settings you used for Team1.

Congratulations, you have successfully configured NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012.