VMware 4.1 migrating from a standard vSwitch to a vDS with only one physical NIC per host

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have two ESXi 4.1 hosts each with only one physical NIC. Is it possible to migrate from a standard vSwitch to a vDS with this current setup?
Question by:OnemanITdept
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Yes, you can uplink a physical port on your ESXi server to a vNetwork Distributed Switch.

    When adding a host to the vNetwork Distributed Switch, you will be able to select what networks you would like to migrate, but you'll have limited options with only one pnic.
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    I assume you are trying to have your guests on different VLANs via the one physical connection to the server?  Yes you can achieve this with one NIC through vDS but you need to consider your ability to connect to the management agents on the server.  I would recommend at least one, cheap additional NIC to dedicate to management traffic.

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    I think at this point I'm going to wait until my two quad port NIC cards come in for my test lab servers.

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