Managing NIC Team using powershell

In this article, we will cover additional commands that can expand both our experience with PS and the NIC team in a functional way. In previous article, we covered the basic commands for the NIC teaming.

Most readers will be satisfied only with the basic commands. You may execute just two commands to create the team in a minute. Alas, sometimes we need to do more, like to replace the NIC in the team. This article can help you in such situations.

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NIC Teaming – the powershell way

Whenever someone asks me to make him a new VM, I never miss an opportunity to make a joke – maybe you want a Server Core version. Some people accept the joke, but most are terrified. Then I need to relax them and tell them that this is just a joke; I know that they want the GUI.

Still, the Core version is not so scary. Neither is power shell. I will show you that in this article.

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Configuring NIC Teaming remotely

I discussed, in the previous article, how you could configure the NIC Teaming feature on the local Windows Server 2012 machine with a full GUI shell. I also mentioned that you could do that remotely. Today, I will show you this method.

Although I used another Windows Server 2012 R2 machine for this demonstration, you can use Windows 8.1 (or later) desktop with a RSAT feature. The RSAT add-on is a suite of all the GUI administrative tools used on the server with the GUI.

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Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming

One of the biggest improvements in Windows Server 2012 is a feature of NIC teaming. At first glance, it is not a big deal; NIC teaming exists for years. Yes, there is a teaming feature, but not on all systems. Additionally, we can make such teaming only between NICs of the same brand and often the same model.

With Windows Server 2012 and later, we can make a team of any NICs in the system. Even more, NICs may have different speeds. Also, we can make more than one team in the same server.

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Changing IP address using the command line

There is no doubt that all of you, my readers, can set a static IP address on any Windows machine. It’s so easy task. However, I’ve got a trick question – can you quickly change the IP address? What’s more, can you perform this operation on multiple computers in a short time?

Yes, you can do that manually. However, doing this manually we can make a mistake. You can become bored or simply type a wrong number. Great way to make a havoc.

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Dude, what happening to my Windows server?

The successful administration of every server for the great part depends on your capability to have an insight into the server’s daily operations. We may have a general picture about the status of a particular service, like an e-mail or database, and still be missing crucial signs of the improper operations on a daily level.

The simplest way to monitor any server, including Windows servers, is the SNMP monitoring of the essential parameters – CPU load, RAM usage or free disk space. Mikrotik Dude can assist us in this task.

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Connecting three sites using IPSec tunnels

So far, we have discussed how to connect the two sites through an IPSec tunnel. Most readers will be satisfied with that, as these scenarios cover most real-life situations. However, we may have a need to interconnect three or more sites using the IPSec tunnels,

Although rare, these scenarios are possible. However, we need to plan everything carefully, as we will need more IPSec policies between routers. Therefore, I will describe here how to connect the “road warrior” users with distant site.

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