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(500 pts) Easy ESX question: How do I add NIC's to the Virtual switch?

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I am trying to add the NICs of my virtual servers to the virtual SWITCH on my ESX server, but when I try to add it I get the message:

"uplink adapter is in use"

I am not sure where to go from here.

Thanks
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by:mcp_jon
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We have to login via Web-Browser, than click on the Options Tab and choose the Network Adapter you want to use for your VM's !

Can you type down how many Nics and how many Vswitches you have created ??

Best Regards!
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by:sqlagent007
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I think my problem is that my Virtual Machine is not configured, so I can't add the NIC to the vSWITCH.

1 VSWITCH
not sure how many NICs are ready, i think none.

any ideas......thx :)
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by:mcp_jon
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Wait !

You installed ESX from the scratch, inserted CD .... and finish, right ?

Ok, when you first boot up, you are presented with the Service Console, with Red Letters, if you press ALT+F2, you go to another Console, the Linux Console where you can login.

After seeing this, you MUST web-browse your esx from another PC, preferably Windows, and Configure for the First Time the Swap Space and The Virtual Switches.

So, when you login via Web, you must type user + password, then, on the upper panel you should see a warning stating that Swap is not configured.

So far so good ???

Best Regards !
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by:sqlagent007
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I did install from a CD that came with the Dell server.

I am logging in through a web consol

I am using the web GUI and I have configured a virtual switch, i am having a problem adding the NIC for my virtual server. So basically I can't get to the internet from my Virtual server.

thx :)
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You will need to click the TAB "Options", on top, and Select " Swap Configuration " then create a new swap space, specify the size, I usually place 1024 Mb, or 1 Gb, and then click OK, then Activate !

After this is done, time for the Virtual Switch to be created !

Login again to the MUI ( Managment User Interface ), and select "configure network, or virtual switches "

Give the name to it, like VLAN100, e.g, and grant that Vswitch the PHYSICAL NIC you want and have connected !

Now, when you create a Virtual Machine, you can specify in what VLAN it will operate !

Any Doubts ?

Best Regards !
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" i am having a problem adding the NIC for my virtual server. So basically I can't get to the internet from my Virtual server. "

How many PHYSICAL NIC's you have ??

Must have two, or more . . . Because one Nic is dedicated to the Service Console and Managment, and all others for the VM's you create.

What do you mean by "Virtual Server" ?

Best Regards !
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by:sqlagent007
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Okay, so I create the vSWITCH (PublicVLAN1)

then when I check the box under "BIND NETWORK ADAPTERS" for "outbound adapter 0" --> click "create switch"

I get a pop up box that says: "Add virtual Switch: Uplink device is in use: vmnic0"

So that is where i am stuck :(

Thanks for all your help :)
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by:mcp_jon
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Answer my question, please !

How many physical Nic's you have, and how are they dispposed ?

Is that "Outbound Adapter 0" already in use ?

If so, by what ?

When you click the Startup Profile Tab, how many Nics, do you have listed?
Can you type them down for me ??

Best Regards "!
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by:sqlagent007
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(2) Physical NICs

One is in use by "Service Console" the other is dedicated to the VIRTUAL MACHINES.

When I go to --> network connections --> I creat a vSWITCH --> i see (1 total) and 0 assigned. I am trying to assign that 2nd NIC to the vSWITCH, and still having problems....am I going about this the wrong way?
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If you see 1 total and 0 unassigned, means that you don't have more to add. So... Remove every Vswitches and recreate them !

Best Regards !
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Thanks for the Points ;)

Best Regards !
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