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VMware ESXi exclusive nic

I have build a log server on  the vmware esxi. and i mirrored a port on my switch to redirect all trafic to this vm.

My dedicated server has 2 nics so 1 of them for real network connection 1 of them is for to collect information from mirrored port.

but vmware esxi does not allow to send trafic to this second nic because mirrored traffic has no pattern in packets with the mac or ip address.

How should i create an exclusive nic for a vm that does not controlled by vmware .
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What VMware product?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, just seen ESXi.

All NICs are controlled by VMware ESXi.
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
Esxi 4.1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried enabling Forged Transmits on the vSwitch/Portgroup?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
how should i do it ?
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IanThCommented:
you can use a nic for a vm by using vmware directpath or passthrough
see
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010789

but it is still controlled by vmware as its in the vsphere host
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
but i want to get all traffic that comes to this nic to a spesific vm.
but vmware blocking all traffic because it is not in reality a source or destination for the vm.

I have do forget transmits accept but nothing chane. I have shutdown and re open machine after i change switch properties
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Try enabling Mac Address and Promiscious Mode, and you also may want to try VLAN Tag ALL 4095
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
unfortunately still the same
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
The way we have done this is with vmdirectpath but keep in mind that if you have a 2 port nic it will add both nic ports since it does it by PCI slot (device). In this case we added a separate nic and did a vmdirectpath specifically for this nic to the VM.
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
I see what to do
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11089
thank you so much.I have one last question do i need to attach a nic that supported by VMware Esxi or is it possible to use any nic that the guest os should support ? Because i will buy a new nic for this but esxi supported nics are not easy to find for me.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Most intel or broadcom nics work fine. At times I attach the onboard nics to the VM and use a 4 port pci nic for vmware port groups.
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
yes but vmdirectpath  is directs 4 port at the same time as i see. So i need only port nic. I just want to know should i use vmdirectpath  for  a device that does not supported by vmware esxi
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
so..get a 2 port nic..most intel server nics will do, just check on the VMWAre HCL
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Also keep in mind that most four port onboard nics are two two port onboard pci nics
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Also keep in mind that most four port onboard nics are two two port onboard pci nics
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IanThCommented:
for vmware supported nics see
http://www.vm-help.com//esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php#NICs
but I find its best to use intel
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