NIC teaming is a strategy to increase network availability and performance by combining multiple network adapters into a single entity, and Windows Server 2003 R2 supports up to 32 adapters in a single team.
Enable NIC teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2 by opening the NIC teaming console, selecting "new team," specifying a team name, and choosing the adapters to be part of the team.
Switch independent NIC teaming does not require switch configuration and can be connected to multiple switches, while static teaming and LACP are switch dependent and require switch configuration.
NIC teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2 has three load balancing modes: addresses, hyper report, and dynamic, with addresses being the mode used in the demonstration.
Select "none" for the provider strain on the 10 PI adapter, and for the primary team interface, specify the VLAN membership and ID if desired.
The newly created NIC team is in active mode with both adapters functioning properly.
Set up an IP address for the computer, specify the Gateway and DNS, then go back to Server Manager to see the team and its IP address.
NIC teaming has been successfully configured on the server, as confirmed by continuous pinging from another computer even after disabling Ethernet 0 adapter on the server.
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "How to Configure NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2" by MSFT WebCast