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Add a 2nd NIC on a VM (VMWare 4.1)

Posted on 2012-03-20
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Good afternoon,

I need to add a second virtual NIC to a particular VM.  It will work on a different subnet that will be used as a backup network between servers.  Basically a cross-over cable between to VMWare Servers.  

I was able to create a Virtual switch with the specified subnet and assign it an actual Physical NIC but I don't understand how to associate a VM to it so that the VM will see another virtual NIC in the operating system.  

Thanks.

Pete
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by:IT-Shrek
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You need to assign a second NIC to the corresponding virtual machine and select the created network under Network Label. Save the VM configuration.

See the following Screenshot:

http://malaysiavm.com/blog/how-to-change-virtual-machine-network-adapter-manually/

Shrek
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by:sndmnsix
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Ok, thanks.  I'll check out the link and see.  I'll get back shortly.
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Now that you have created the vSwitch virtual switch, you need to add a Virtual Machine Portgroup, you may already have completed.

Then Edit Settings of the VM, add another virtual network interface, and select the Newly Created Virtual Machine Portgroup Network label.

this will connect this nic to your newly created vSwitch and physical nic uplink.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745134
Sounds good.  So a Virtual Machine Portgroup is different than a VMkernel Port correct?
I only say this because I believe that's all I see associated with the vSwitch.
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Yes, a VMKernel is a special portgroup that carries NFS and iSCSI traffic.
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you have two options when creating a vSwitch, VMKernel and Virtual Machine portgroup, 50, 50 chance, you need a virtual machine portgroup.
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edit switch, click properties, remove the VMKernel portgroup, and add a virtual machine portgroup.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745177
ok...I'll remove the VMKernel portgroup off the vSwitch.
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by:sndmnsix
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When I edit the VM, and goto the hardware tab to Add.. it says that the presence of a PCI Passthrough device prevents any other hot adds of devices.  

Does this make sense?
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Do you have a PCI passthrough device in this VM?
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by:sndmnsix
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you mean like a PCI host bridge?
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e.g. SCSI card not added for Backup Exec to tape drive?
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anything youve added manually?

VM Direct Path is usually Used to add PCI devices in the host to a VM
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if you are using PCI devices, you will have to shutdown VM to add another NIC.
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by:sndmnsix
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Unfortunately, I wasn't the guy that built this host.  It was put into production by a support company that was suspended so I'm trying to pick up where they left off.  

I've never added any hardware manually.  This is a Dell machine and it looks like everything in it is native.  

Where would I be able to see if VM Direct Path is present?  I'm sorry for my lack of knowledge on VMWare.  I'm sure that's quite apparent :)
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by:sndmnsix
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Would I actually have to give it a power off command through VSphere?  After I attempt to add a new nic, would I be able to start that VM backup using the same method?  It looks like but I wanted to make sure.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Does you VM have a device called PCI device?

Yes you will need to shutdown guest, add nic, power on guest vm.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745264
Yes, PCI device 0

It's an LSI Logic SAS Controller


What's the difference between Shutdown Guest and Power Off?
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Okay, what does the SCSI controller do, or is it connected to tape drive.

Power OFF is the same as hitting the big switch, no controlled shutdown.

Shutdown Guest intructs the GuestVM to shutdown cleanly from within the Guest, justvas if you had selected shutdown in the OS logged in.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745331
I believe the SCSI controller is a RAID card for the primary storage arrays.

If I use the Shutdown Guest, will I be able to bring it back up through the VSphere Client?  I was hoping it wouldn't shutdown the entire host.
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If you shutdown the Guest VM, it will not affect the host.

Later you can Power on.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745342
Ok, I'll go ahead and shut this VM down tonight and hopefully add the card.  I'll give you report on this later on.  Thanks for your help!
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no problems.
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by:sndmnsix
ID: 37745760
As it turns out, the backup schedule beat me to it.  Looks like if I don't do this before 7pm, I won't be able to.  I'm going to try this again tomorrow night and then report back.  Thanks.
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by:sndmnsix
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I had been called away on another project for awhile.  I'm going to attempt to add this NIC tonight as long as I can get users to kick out of the system in a timely manner.  Thanks for hanging in there.
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by:sndmnsix
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Everything worked beautifully on this 2nd NIC configuration!  Mission accomplished on this.  Thanks again.
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