Monday, January 10, 2011

HP Proliant Network Teaming for Hyper V White Paper

A new 'HowTo' White Paper has been released by HP on the steps needed to implement NIC Teaming in a Hyper V environment on HP servers.

The document is a must read for anyone considering teaming the NIC's using the HP Network Configuration Utility (NCU) and you must follow these steps in the exact order to ensure no loss of network connectivity:

  • Install the Windows 2008 Operating System normally without using the HP 'Smart Start' DVD
  • Install the Hyper V role into the Windows Server 2008 Operating System
  • Download and install all of the latest Microsoft Updates and security fixes using Windows Update
  • Download and install the latest version of the HP Proliant Support Pack (PSP)
  • Configure the HP Team using the HP NCU version 10.10 or higher
If you install the HP NCU before adding the Hyper V role to the O/S, then you will need to uninstall the NCU and then re-install it once Hyper V is added.

The document goes through in detail the above steps and processes and also talks about using VLAN's in 'Promiscuous' mode from within the HP team.

Download the White Paper from here:

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