how do I use bonded nics in VMWARE?

Hi all,

I need to have two nics on my vmware server bonded so that two switches can connect to each nic for redundancy purposes. Is there any documentation anywhere on how to do that cause I can't find any.

If someone here can guide me through it that would be great. Thanks.
Network_PadawanAsked:
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ryder0707Commented:
Have you tried ESX Server 3 Configuration Guide pdf from vmware?
Go to http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_esx_server_config.pdf
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Network_PadawanAuthor Commented:
yes, there is nothing there about bonding nic...

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If you're using ESX than you'll need to add the physical Nics onto the vswitch with VM Network that you're trying to add redundancy to.  By default VMware will use a round robin configuration and wil l provide failover for your nics and put unless you configure LACP on the switch which will only give you outbound aggregate bandwidth.  If you have Cisco switches you can configure Etherchannel which will give you inbound/outbound aggregate bandwidth
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Network_PadawanAuthor Commented:
ok thanks guys read the document and figured it out. In the 'NIC  Teaming' tab, which of the two options should I pick for failover?

1. Route based on the original vp ID
2. Use explicit failover
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I would use route based on original ID unless you're doing LACP or Etherchannel aggregation for which you would choose IP HASH.
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