Broadcom Teamed Connections Fails if One NIC is Disconnected, Why?

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http://serverfault.com – I have a cluster of servers that are all running either with BCM5716C NetXtreme II cards or BCM5709C NetXtreme II cards. All servers have their cards teamed by the BACS3 software as: Smart Load Balancing and Failover No standby members No live link No VLAN All servers then connect to a pair of Dell 6224 switches. The problem I've been observing is that if one of these switches is off (or on but stuck in a diagnostic loop) then the servers loose all connectivity to anything. I was under the impression that with the above configuration they would just drop their speed and continue with the r (HowTos)