LBFO Dynamic Teaming mode may drop packets in Windows Server 2012 R2
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Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 StandardWindows Server 2012 R2 EssentialsWindows Server 2012 R2 FoundationMore
This article describes an issue that occurs when you use load balancing and failover (LBFO) Dynamic Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2. You can fix this issue by using the update in this article. Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.
Windows Server 2012 R2 server may drop packets if the following settings are configured:
Network Interface Card (NIC) Teaming is enabled.
Teaming Load Balancing Mode: Dynamic.
More than one NIC is in Active Mode.
When packet dropping occurs, event ID 8 is logged in Event Viewer under Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > MsLbfoProvider > Operational view that looks something like this: Therefore, you may encounter the following issues but not limit to these issues:
Cluster nodes are unexpectedly removed from cluster groups.
SQL database transaction failures.
TCP connection stops.
This issue occurs because a race condition causes NIC Teaming Dynamic load balance algorithm to drop packets.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Dynamic teaming load balancing is a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 R2 servers default to dynamic mode when teaming NICs are created on physical computers. LBFO driver versions earlier than this KB 3137691 may incorrectly drop packets. Such packet loss can increase as processor cores are added and network traffic increases.
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