A port on the virtual switch has the same MAC as one of the underlying team members on Team Nic Event ID 16945 #winserv   5 comments

If you are using Windows Server 2012 R2 and configured NIC Teaming you could have this Event ID : 16945

This is showing up as a Warning in the event log.
What the event is saying is that you have a host vNIC (virtual NIC presented to the host that is connected to the Virtual Switch)
That has the same MAC address as one of the NIC (physical NIC) members of the NIC team.  
This shouldn’t cause an issue as long as the team member that has the same MAC as the vNIC remains in the team. If that team member is ever removed from the team and attempt standalone operation with that MAC then there could be duplicate MAC address on the network assuming the vNIC is also in operation.  

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What is NIC Teaming?

A solution commonly employed to solve the network availability and performance challenges is NIC Teaming. NIC Teaming (aka NIC bonding, network adapter teaming, Load balancing and failover, etc.) is the ability to operate multiple NICs as a single interface from the perspective of the system. In Windows Server 2012, NIC Teaming provides two key capabilities:

  1. Protection against NIC failures by automatically moving the traffic to remaining operational members of the team, i.e., Failover, and
  2. Increased throughput by combining the bandwidth of the team members as though they were a single larger bandwidth interface, i.e., bandwidth aggregation.

My current Team

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You can see a all the vNIC/pNIC and MAC addresses by doing a “get-netadapter | sort macaddress” in PowerShell. 
You should see one of your physical NIC and a virtual NIC called something like "vEthernet" and both will have the same MAC. 

get-netadapter | sort macaddress

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But what If I change the MAC of the Team by looking at the properties of the team interface (in Network Connections, "Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor", then click the Configure button, then select the Advanced tab.
The 7th item in the list is MAC Address. You could configure a MAC there for the team.

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The Team is has now the given MAC More about the MAC reservations

Hyper-V How To: Manage MAC Address Conflicts

http://blogs.technet.com/b/tonyso/archive/2009/09/17/hyper-v-how-to-manage-mac-address-conflicts.aspx

Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30160

Posted March 10, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2012 R2

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  4. How do I do this on a server running core? I have been trying to figure this out for a while now.

    • that is a great question with netsh you can do this or change this in the register like this
      You need to change a registry key like so
      reg add HKLM SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}001] /v NetworkAddress /d 0123456789AB
      Replace 0001 with your interface number and 0123456789AB with desired network address.
      Next, disable and enable the network card
      Subsitute the actual network connection name if it isn’t Local Area Connection.
      netsh interface set interface “Local Area Connection” DISABLED
      netsh interface set interface “Local Area Connection” ENABLED

      more info : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732869(v=ws.10).aspx

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