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Use the same IP Address / NIC for vMotion and Service console - VMware?

Hello Experts;

I would like to know how I can add vMotion feature to the service console, so they share the same IP Address? I have seen it on ESXi 4.1 but I could not do it on ESX 4.0.

 vMotion and SC
Can someone help?.

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atigris
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bgoeringCommented:
That is one thing you can do on ESXi but not on ESX. Sorry for the bad news....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The VMware ESXi Architecture is different to VMware ESX. ESXi does not have a service console like ESX.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
hit submit to quick, so this is unavailable on ESX 4.0.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The reason this is, is because in ESXi, the IP address which is assigned to the ESXi host server, in the console (text mode) (ESXi doesn't have a service console or Linux element, as does ESX 4.0) is assigned to a VMKernel interface.

in ESXi you have

1. VMKernel Management Network
2. VMKernel VMotion Network
3. Virtual Machine Network

in ESX you have a

1. Service console
2. VMKernel for vMotion
3. Virtual Machine Network

It is recommended to keep vMotion traffic seperate from other traffic. (and use a separate NIC or LAN/vLAN is possible)
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atigrisAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone, I like the answer with good explanation
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