How to install NIC Teaming Driver and configure NIC Teaming in a Cisco UCS B200-M3

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The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is contained in the UCS-related Windows Utilities ISO. You can download it from http://www.cisco.com. Depending on your platform, choose either Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Software or Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount UCS-Managed Server Software. Once you have installed Windows on the blade you can proceed to install the teaming software.

First let us see how to install the NIC teaming driver on the server.

Step 1 In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
Step 2 At the command prompt, enter enictool -p “drivers_directory”The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is installed using the .inf files located in the specified directory.Example:This example installs the teaming driver using the .inf files located in the temp directory:

C:\> enictool -p "c:\temp"

Once the driver is installed, you need to configure the teaming on the desired NICs.

Step 1 In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
Step 2 To create a team, enter enictool -c “list of connections” -m modeThe mode options are as follows:

  • 1—Active Backup
  • 2—Active Backup with failback to active mode
  • 3—Active Active (transmit load balancing)
  • 4—802.3ad LACP

Example:This example creates a team of two NICs in Active Backup mode:

C:\> enictool -c "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2" -m 1

Step 3 To delete a team, enter enictool -d “list of connections” Example:This example deletes a team of two NICs:

C:\> enictool -d "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2"

Step 4 To view additional options and usage information, enter enictool /?Use the displayed command option information to configure load balancing method, load balancing hash method, and other options.
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