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Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces Deployment Guide

Identifying specific NICs

Table 1. Identifying specific NICs . Identifying specific NICs
Network description Naming convention for ports Typical NIC function NIC type Static or DHCP IP address to assign
Server management

Manage1 Manage2

Host management (remote desktop or System Center)

Two 1 GbE NIC ports

Ports on the network daughter card (NDC) in the server.

Static or DHCP
External communication to SMB clients

External1 External2

Communication with SMB client computers to provide access to SMB shares

10/40 GbE NIC ports

Typically the highest performance NICS, such as the RDMA ports available with Chelsio or Mellanox network adapters.

Internal communication between server cluster nodes

Internal1 Internal2

Intra-cluster communication between nodes

10/40 GbE NIC ports

Ports on the NDC in the server.


To configure the NICs, complete the following task:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center .
  2. In the left pane, click Change Adapter Settings .
  3. Based on the descriptions listed for each NIC, identify the following NICs:
    • Two network ports for management
    • Two network ports for internal communication
    • Two network ports used for external client communication
  4. Rename the NICs to indicate the network to which each NICs are associated by using the naming convention listed in the Identifying specific NICs table.
  5. To change the name of a NIC, right-click the NIC, and then select Rename.

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