Configuring NIC Teaming using LACP in Windows Server 2016

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In this Tutorial we are going over the process to configure a NIC Teaming on Windows Server 2016 using LACP (teaming mode)  and Dynamic (load balancing mode).


When using dependent switch mode on the NIC Team, one of the requirements is to have all ports on the same switch or multi-chassis, and using this method allows that the NIC Team aggregates all network bandwidth of the network adapters that are part of the NIC Team for Inbound and Outbound traffic.

The first configuration that must be performed is at the switch level, thanks to Alex Nobre which was kind enough to share the network side settings, and those settings are listed in the image below. The server used for this exercise has two adapters that are in use for the NIC Team and they are ports 29 and 30.


The configuration on the Windows Server 2016 TP3 is similar to the previous version, open Server Manager,  and click on the link besides of NIC Teaming. In the new page, select at least two interfaces on the Adapters and interfaces section, and right-click on them, and click on Add to New Team.

In the new page, define the Team Name, and in this scenario we will be selecting LACP and Dynamic (Dynamic distribution is the best worlds between Hyper-V Port and Address hash). Click OK to confirm the changes.


In the NIC Teaming page. the number of teams will be listed under Servers, and all teams of the selected computer will be listed under Teams and on that location we can see the status of the NIC teaming.


These are the simple steps to enable a manual NIC Teaming using Windows Server 2016 with LACP and Dynamic settings.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).