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How to use each NIC for each vSwitch

Posted on 2011-09-30
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have an ESXi Server with one NIC IP 192.168.82.x connected to Gateway
I have just connected one more NIC IP 192.168.83.x connected to Gateway
I have connected to Vsphere client and found the vSwitch0 is using both vmnic0 and vmnic1.
vmnic0 shows as 'stand by'
I want to add one more vSwitch (vSwitch1) and connect to vmnic0, so that each vSwitch uses only one vmnic
Is it possible ? How to do it

Question by:mkalugotla
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Select Host, Configuration, Networking, Add Networking, Select Virtual Machine Network, Add New vSwitch, and transfer the VMNIC1 to this new vSwitch1.
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If you want to read more on networking in VMware ESX/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, including trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1

Virtual Networking

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I am unable to transfer because both vmnics are in vswitch0 vnic vnic
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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Click the VMNIC you want to transfer, and make sure it's the correct NIC, connected to the correft network.
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Also remove the Standby NIC from vSwitch0

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what does standby states for ?
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it's only used, if the first nic fails

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