|Windows Server 2012
Use NIC policy to maximize send traffic on server ethernet adapters and maximize receive traffic on desktop ethernet adapters. Configure ethernet adapter performance settings on both the server and desktop to collectively increase performance throughout your network.
How It Works: (Video Demo)
NIC Configurator 2013 queries active directory for a list of computers to examine advanced network adapter settings. Once the computer list is retrieved, NIC Configurator 2013 queries for the advanced network adapter settings of all NICs installed in each computer. This information is gathered and organized for display, to clearly identify computers with non-compliant advanced NIC property values. NIC Configurator 2013 can automatically modify these values to match your advanced NIC policy settings.
How It's Used:
Open NIC Configurator 2013 from the desktop icon and type in your domain name, OU, computer group, or a partial computer name. Select your active directory computers from the list provided and then configure best performance values for each advanced ethernet adapter setting (speed & duplex, recieve/transmit buffers, checksum offloads, etc.) in the dialog box on-screen. Save your settings as a NIC Policy and then apply the policy towards a group of computers. NIC Configurator 2013 can automatically apply those settings to all or selective NICs in your computer group and generate a report in seconds so that you can see the changes that were made. Or you can select a group of computers to view settings without any modifications being made.
It's Best For:
Environments that have many servers, desktops, or laptops where it is important to maintain best performance in high network traffic volume environments. In particular, for standardizing select groups of computers with the same set of best performance values such as configuring all desktops with speed and duplex (autonegotiation), checksum offloads (Rx Enabled), and receive buffers (Max). Or, configuring server NICs with speed and duplex (1 Gb full duplex), checksum offloads (Tx Enabled), and transmit buffers (Max). In a matter of seconds, NIC Configurator 2013 can standardize those computers based on your NIC policy and then generate a report of the current values for a particular group of computers.