Most of our servers and workstations have Intel network adapters in them. When supplying tier 1 servers that use Broadcom or other manufacturer’s NICs we tend to have a dual port Intel server NIC installed to use by default.
Version 16.0 of the Intel Network Connections Software (PROSet) has been out for a while now. As is our customary practice we waited for the version to be bumped up a couple of bins before doing any broad scale driver updates.
- Intel Download Center.
- Intel PROSet v16.2 Driver Download for x86 and x64.
- Intel(R) Network Connections Software Version 16.2 Release Notes (direct link to TXT file).
- Intel® Network Connections Software and Drivers – Installation Readme.htm
It is important to take note that there are a number of caveats listed in the Known Issues section of the Release Notes that may impact performance or system stability on various Microsoft operating systems.
We will begin to test the driver on our in-house Hyper-V Core and Full GUI based servers with teaming enabled. From there we will install them on our physical servers running various roles.
Once we are sure that the drivers are stable we will deploy them to our client’s servers.
Note that an out-of-band management solution such as Intel’s RMM, Dell’s DRAC Adv., HP’s iLO Adv., or other such product would be required for this update.
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