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NIC Teaming on a Virtual Machine

Posted on 2009-07-06
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Hi Everyone,
I Have a Dell server that with 6 NIC cards that is running VMware ESX Server and is hosting several windows Server 2003 virtual machines. I have configured one of the Virtual Servers to have 4 Virtual NIC cards and would like to team these NICs and I am wondering what the process is to accomplish this?

The Virtual Adapters appear as Vmware Accelerated AMD PC Net adapters and when I right click one of them I noticed that there is a network load balancing setting. Is this the setting that I need to configure to achieve a NIC team?

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by:bleeuwen
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Why do you want to team them in the virtual machine environment, you can team them also in the ESX environment. This way you only have one virtual nic in the VM which is teamed on the ESX Host.
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Yes .. the teaming should rather be done on the ESX host itself than in the VM ...
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by:SteveJ-007
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Basically I want to allow implement Bandwidth aggregation and redundancy for connections to the virtual machine as I would if the machine were a physical Server. If I were to configure teaming on the ESX Hosts  Physical NICs would connections to the virtual machine then be load balanced across these Physicals NICs?

I am relatively new to VMware so I am unsure what steps are required to Team the NIcs on the ESX Host?  
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ESX will handle redundancy (if setup right)
To team the nics on the ESX host: Create a virtual switch, and assign nics to it. You can have active/active or active/standby configs. Make sure your switch where the nics are patched can handle this traffic.
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Great thanks for the advice!!
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