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How To Team HP NICs in 2008 Server Core

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By: Dan Taylor
Posted On: 4/3/2008

The other day I decided to load up Windows 2008 Server Core. It was my hopes that I could setup a VM Server and see what kind of performance gains I will get out of Hyper-V RC0.

I got the OS loaded and got to the command prompt fairly easily, but I got stuck when it came to teaming my NIC’s. We use HP Proliant Servers, and it’s usually as easy as a couple clicks and my NIC’s are teamed. In this case, there is no clicking. What to do?

I searched the web for hours on end. I happened upon a gui for Server Core ( that simplifies setup. I decided to pose my question to this person and he came back with the following information:

An excerpt from the HP Networking Utilities User Guide: (

Step 1. Generate a script file on the source server by clicking Save in the HP Network
Configuration Utility user interface, or by selecting CQNICCMD /S in the Command Line

Step 2. Modify the script file as necessary.
NOTE If you modify the script file, HP recommends that you run CQNICCMD /P to check the
syntax of the modified file and check the log file for errors and warnings. The default
location of the log file is \cpqsystem\log\cpqteam.log on the system drive. The
syntax of the /P option is: cqniccmd /pfilename.

Step 3. Install the HP Network Configuration utility on the target system.

Step 4. Run the Command Line utility with the following syntax:
cqniccmd /C <pathname>

Step 5. Check the log file for errors and warnings. The default location of the log file is
\cpqsystem\log\cpqteam.log on the system drive.

I did this on a GUI based 08 Server and it worked fine. Unfortunately, I have not been able to test it on Server Core, but I see no reason why it won’t work! Think of the possibilities with this though. You can apply this as a batch file to a Task Sequence in Config Manager during OSD. ©2010 | Legal | Privacy