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VMware NIC teaming (VMware network interface card teaming)

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Contributor(s): Meredith Courtemanche

VMware NIC teaming is a way to group several network interface cards (NICs) to behave as one logical NIC. 

Any physical NIC bonded to the NIC team will transmit packets, and packets coming in from a physical NIC to the appropriate logical NIC. The virtual machines assigned to a logical NIC are not aware of the physical NICs supporting the system.

Properly configured NIC teams allow guest virtual machines (VMs) in a VMware ESX environment to failover if one NIC or network switch fails. VMware NIC teaming also helps load balance network traffic. Bonding NICs can also improve fault tolerance by preventing a single point of failure for the physical NICs; this is sometimes called NIC redundancy.

 

This was last updated in December 2012

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