Practical benefits of implementing NIC teaming



There are a lot of theoretical information about the "NIC teaming" feature out there on the internet. But it usually lacks benchmarks and data about performance..

Could someone please share his/her own experience with this technology.

How does it work? Let's say that I have a server with 4 ports.

I suppose that it couldn't magically double your maximum speed. But will it work in the instance if 4 users (from different PC) simultaneously try to use a file share server. Will in this case speed (maximum throughput) be increased?

What applications like (files shares, FTP) benefits the most from this setup?

Does it work well if NIC teaming is enable on the server that is simultaneously Domain controller, DNS, DHCP?

Do I need a special switch?

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