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Overide Vswitch failover order for Vmotion port ESX 4.0

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I'm using only 2 VMNICS on each hosts for iSCSI.  We have 3 MD3000i so we can't anyway really have more than 1Gbits, this SAN is not an Equalogic.  Currently Vmotion is enable so it is using the same active NIC used for the MD3000i

However, having 3 MD3000i  keeps us from  running out of bandwidh.  When more bandwidh will be required we'll go with an Equalogic this time

Meanwhile,  1 NIC is never used, it just sit there waiting to take over in the event the active NIC goes down.  This is why I started to add a Vmotion Port. to overide Vswitch failover order.  This way the unused NIC is doing something instead of being on duty on call only.  

So I have 2 NICs in teaming active.  the iSCSI port overide the order as the Vmotion does the other way around.  

But when I use Vmotion, the NIC for ISCSI is used although it's not the first one in the order.

I'm nor really used to the networking in vmware so any advice is accepted.

Thanks
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Question by:quadrumane
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by:quadrumane
ID: 24729197
I"m sorry, I don't have 2 NICs Active,

Here are the settings:

Vmotion Port
VMNIC 10 active
VMNIC 3 in stand by

iSCSI SAN Port  Port
VMNIC 3 active
VMNIC 10 in stand by

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by:ryder0707
ID: 24731392
disable vmotion for that particular NIC
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by:quadrumane
ID: 24731470
You cannot - as far as I know - disable Vmotion for any particular NIC, it's on the Vkernel port.  Hoever, Vmotion cannot be enable on more than one port.
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by:ryder0707
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are u joking?

vmotion.jpg
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by:quadrumane
ID: 24731596
No i'm not,

I enable Vmotion on the Vmotion Kernel port I've created and of course it has been disable on the iSCSI vkernel port.  I'm just not sure Vmotion is using the active NIC because I don't see a lot of activity when I use Vmotion (either migrate from a host to another or from a SAN to another) on that NIC, look at the snapshots I've taken please.

vmotion-001.jpg
vmotion-002.jpg
vmotion-003.jpg
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by:quadrumane
ID: 24731601
One more thing, I run Vcenter 4.0 and ESX 4.0 this is why you don't see the IP address, they've added a new IP TAB
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by:ryder0707
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can i see the screenshot for networking config pls?
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sorry i meant the main networking config, configuration > networking
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