Ok don't laugh but I was wondering if the following is possible:
I have two physical NICs on an ESX server (vmnic0 (192.168.120.x) and vmnic1 (192.168.121.x)) and vswif (192.168.120.x). I want to utilize the 192.168.120.x network as both the service console network and put traffic out onto that network from an application I am running.
I have two virtual switches vSwitch0 (service console) and vSwitch1 (Centos5).
What I want to do is add vmnic0 to vSwitch1 so I have two NICs (vmnic0 and vmnic1) on two different networks. Basically I want pump out the same data on both nics from the Guest OS.
If I can utilize vmnic0 I will take the two interfaces on the guest OS and "bind them" in broadcast mode (3) but that's a different issue.
So my questions are:
1 - Can I use vswif0 and vmnic0 independent of each other? I only have two NICs one connected to a private network and another that is connected to my LAN. The one that is connected to the LAN is the one I use for the service console.
2-Do I need to create two ipaddresses one for vswif0 and vmnic0 or is ESX smart enough to use both the vswif0 and vmnic0 as the same ipaddress?
3-If this is possible do you have any tips on how to remove vmnic0 from vswitch0 and then add vmnic0 to vswitch1. Or is is possible to have vmnic0 on both the switches?