Windows Management Applications

Following are descriptions of the various Windows Management Applications that are available for installation along with Broadcom device drivers.

Broadcom Advanced Control Suite

The Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 4 (BACS4) provides an unprecedented level of governance across your entire network, enabling detailed tests, analyses, and diagnostics to be performed for each network adaptor installed in your system. In addition, BACS4 includes utilities to help you configure VLANs and set up teams for link aggregation, Smart Load Balancing™ and fail over, generic trunking, and more.

BACS Manageability features:

  • Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 4 diagnostic and configuration software suite
  • Wake-on-LAN support
  • Universal Management Port (UMP) support
  • Statistics for SNMP MIB II, Ethernet-like MIB
  • SMBus controller
  • ACPI 1.1a compliant (multiple power modes)
  • IPMI support

Broadcom Advanced Server Program

The Broadcom Advance Server Program (BASP) is the teaming software developed for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, and runs within BACS4. BASP provides heterogeneous support for network adapter teaming, and can be used with the Intel® 10/1000 and Pro1000 adapters/LOMs shipped by OEMs, as well as Broadcom's own NetXtreme LOMs and adapters.

Note: TOE teaming can be used with NetXtreme II adapters, only.

BASP supports four kinds of teams on Layer 2:

  • Smart Load Balancing and Failover: the Broadcom implementation of load balancing is based on IP flow. IP traffic can be balanced across multiple adapters (team members) for both inbound and outbound traffic. All of the adapters in the team have separate MAC addresses. Automatic fault detection and dynamic failover can be provided to other team members or to a hot standby member. This is done independently of Layer 3 protocols (IP, IPX, NetBEUI); instead, it works with existing Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches. No switch configuration (such as trunk or link aggregation) is required.
  • SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable): This kind of team is identical to the Smart Load Balancing and Failover team, with the following difference-when the standby member is active, if a primary member comes back on line, the team continues using the standby member, rather than switching back to the primary member.
  • Link Aggregation and Generic Trunking: these operating modes increase throughput in both directions and conform to the IEEE 802.3ad (LACP) specification. BASP also supports SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable) and Smart Load Balancing and Failover teams for TOE.

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