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VMware NIC teaming

Whats the difference between the vSwitch properties teaming setting and the one on the port groups in the vSwitch

I see you can set both under the vSwitch0. ie on the vSwitch and on the port group
Do you need to set both
what happens if you set them both but differently ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vSwitch Properties teaming is used for the physical network cards attached to the virtual switch.

Portgroups are used by Virtual Machines to connect to the vSwitch, Virtual Switch.
vswitch team esx external to lan
port group nic teaming inside esx for a vm like a database server

If you set it at the vSwitch level it applies to all ports groups on the vSwitch. If you set both then the Port Group settings over ride the vSwitch settings. The reason for this is that you might want to have different settings on the Port group for certain cases but don't wont to affect the whole vSwitch.

Hope this helps,

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to read more on networking in VMware ESXi, then I recommend the following:-

I would also recommend reading through the Networking Sections of the following guides to gain a better understanding of Networking in VMware ESX/ESXi.

Pages 13 - 73 Discuss Networking in Detail, iuncluding trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1


Virtual Networking


Virtual Networking Concepts

atomicnetworksAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guys

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