I have VMware ESXi running with one Win2K8 DC and two windows 2K8 as virtual machines on an HP Proliant DL380 server w/ two physical NICs. One of the physical NIC is connected to the physical switch but the other one's not. I am planning to build a SQL cluster on a single VMware ESXi host.
I have my public NICs on virtual machines (one DC and two nodes) connected on one ip subnet and can ping one another with no problem.
But, I'm having trouble getting the second virtual NIC added on a different subnet for heartbeat traffic. I added a new virtual switch and the NIC, but it shows as disconnected on VMware configuration screen. I even the newly added virtual NIC on the two VMs with IPs from the same private IP subnet, but they don't ping.
Do I have to physically connect the second NIC to a physical switch? What shall I do to create second private LAN and use it as cluster's private network?
Sorry, I'm new to VMware and trying things out in the LAB right now.
Any assistance would be much appreciated!