Ok, I'm building a new workstation for a friend and he's pushing my knowledge to set this stuff up in his house.

Details: Photography workstation, the plan is to store OS, scratch space and apps on a RAID1 M.2 array (Long story short, he had two primary drives fail within a month and doesn't want to risk more failures). All of the not-working-on-right-now storage is going to be on a Synology 1815 with 4 port bonded NIC and Synology's version of RAID5. One thing I'm not sure about is if the array even gives increased performance if the data is on separate drives. Either way, the purpose of the question here isn't where the bottleneck will be, cause that will always be the mechanical drive, even if it's enterprise grade disks.

So I've specced the PC up with an Intel I350T2V2BLK NIC so that he can run bonded 2GbE into the bonded 4GbE on the NAS and at least have failover and increased parallel copies.

1: Am I correct in thinking that New-NetLbfoTeam no longer works in Win10?

2: I've found out that a lot of the older Intel NICs don't have support in Win10 for the Intel ANS teaming. The I350T2 looks like the most affordable way of doing this. Has anyone had experience with the Intel software and teaming on a client OS?

3: If I'm using Intel ANS do I need a managed switch to allow for the bonding or will the software handle everything like Server's switch independent teaming does? At the moment we just want to run it over a Netgear GS108/GS116 and not have to configure any crazy switches for his home.

Note: As he already has the NAS and consumer 10GbE is still on the horizon, we can't go for that yet. That would have been ideal but hey, his old PC is already 6 years old and needs to be rebuilt in 2 weeks. I've also seen this link (Is Windows 10 Software NIC Teaming now possible?), this is why I'm being more detailed about Intel ANS instead of the old Powershell option.

Edit: After reading through the thread in the comments I've found out that Intel ANS is disabled in Windows 10 until ProSET 22.0 is released next month. So I can't do teaming until that comes out. While I'm waiting for that, people who have done this in Win7/8, the other questions about the switch still stand, do I need to set up anything on them/purchase a managed switch or will the software handle all the logic?

  • New-NetLbfoTeam clearly works on Windows 10. I can't even find evidence it existed before Windows 8. – Ramhound Jan 22 '17 at 5:46
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    I'm reading thread after thread of people saying it only worked in build 10240, nothing after TH2 release. I tested this on my tablet with the wifi/TAP adaptor and it said "The LBFO feature is not currently enabled, or LBFO is not supported on this SKU". I would say that documentation is just generalised for 2016/10 but it was disabled for the client release. – LastElf Jan 22 '17 at 6:13
  • I know almost all Windows 10 acronyms but I can't figure out what LBFO is suppose to be – Ramhound Jan 22 '17 at 6:26
  • This is the answer from Microsoft: communities.intel.com/message/419439#419439 – LastElf Jan 22 '17 at 6:40
  • @Ramhound LBFO = Load Balancing and Failover – magicandre1981 Jan 24 '17 at 19:25

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