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How do I setup a network interface card (NIC) team in Windows Server 2012?

For most operating systems, network interface card (NIC) teaming requires that the NIC and the router or switch support the protocol IEEE 802.1ax or IEEE 802.3ad. 

Windows Server 2012, however, has native support for NIC teaming, so the NIC and the router or switch do not need to support the protocols. To configure NIC teaming in Windows Server 2012 do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Server Management.
  3. Click NIC Teaming enabled.
  4. Set up the NIC team as you would like.

If you view the Networking Connections section in the window, you can see the NIC team in the list as well as the Ethernet and wireless adapter cards.