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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Redundant Networking

Having a server up and running is fairly useless if the server can’t communicate with the rest of your network or the outside world. Building redundancy into your power and disk systems is important, but it does you little good if your networking fails.

Protecting against a network-card failure can be as simple as having a spare network card, ideally of the same type as is in your server. In the event of a failure, replacing the card takes only a few minutes longer than it takes to reboot the server, if you can find the spare. A better option is to leave the spare card plugged in to a spare slot but disabled in Windows.

Finally, if your server supports it, using network card teaming provides redundancy in the event of failure ...

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