?
Solved

How to configure NIC on VMWare ESXI server

Posted on 2012-08-28
16
Medium Priority
?
1,200 Views
Last Modified: 2012-09-27
We currently have a VMware ESXI 4.1 server hosting 3 virtual machines. It has two on-board NICs but only one is enabled on the server. vmnic0 is fully operational and vmnic1 is setup as a standby adapter but is currently down. I am new to the configuration, so my guess is that the NIC is disabled on the server and needs enabled. I tried reaching the server via SSH but it looks like the installers did not enable it. I need to enable vmnic1 as well as SSH. How do I go about that?
0
Comment
Question by:emconsulting
  • 8
  • 8
16 Comments
 
LVL 125

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 38341506
Using the vSphere Client you can enable your nic, (down means it's not connected! that's physical!), and enable SSH.

Select Configuration > Security Profile > Services > Properties > SSH and ESXi Shell, and change to Running.

if you edit the vSwitch0, you can move the vmnic1 from Standby to Active Adaptors.

Select the Host > Configuration > Networking > Properties of vSwitch0 > Edit vSwitch > NIC Teaming

See screenshot, ignore my vmnic2 is not connected, yours will be vmnic1 and Up, 1000 Full.

vSwitch0
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38341559
NIC is still down. Adding this as an active adapter when the NIC gets enabled won't cause any down time correct?
0
 
LVL 125

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 38341607
The NIC is reporting a DOWN state because it's not connected!

as for will it cause downtime, it depends on you physical network switches, and how they are configured.

with network changes to production kit, I would always advise caution.

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
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf

Virtual Networking
http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/virtual-networking/virtual-networks.html

Virtual Networking Concepts
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38342148
What do you mean it is not connected? It is plugged into the server and switch along with the other NIC. No indicator lights. I configured it just as you sent in the vSphere client. I will look into the configuration of the physical switch.
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38342166
If it's down, it's mean it's usually not connected, or cable fault, port fault, speed fault.

- DOWN.

ESXi does not have a lot of physical control over the NIC, team settings do not effect if the NIC is down.

You can change the speed of the NIC, but I would leave to Auto if Gigabit.
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38351586
I have replaced the cable and changed the port without success. I have adjusted the speed of the NIC as well. Still showing down. Could this be a drivers issue?
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38351610
normally cable, faulty nic, port speed

if you just change the cable from active to this port does it work?

doing the above could cause outage?

does the port led on the nic light up?
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38351618
No outage, no changes work, amber light on switch not on server.
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38351620
Brand new cable and operational port.
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38351630
server nic fault?
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38351669
Not sure how to tell. New to VMware. nothing in the system logs.
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38351733
turn server off.

swap the cable from working port to suspect port, this is not really VMware, this is hardware.

does the port light?
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38377830
Could this be a driver issue? Do you have a walk through on installing drivers?
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38377896
it's possible it's a driver issue.

1. But first I would upgrade firmware of the server
2. confirm with diagnostics disks both ports are functioning (without ESXi loaded)
3. check the server is on the VMware HCL.

what is the server?
what is the nic?
what build of ESXi 4.1 are you using? u1, u2 or u3? and Build?
is it the VMware of OEM Vendor version?
new nic drivers could be available?

those are checks we would make.
0
 

Author Comment

by:emconsulting
ID: 38377982
NIC is a Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5716 1000BaseT. Version and Build of VMWare is attached in a screen shot. Server is a Dell PowerEdge R510.
Capture.JPG
0
 
LVL 125
ID: 38378032
ESXi 4.1 is quite out of date, there have been 3 updates since.

did you download and install ESXi from Dell.

to proceed further, I would test with Dell diagnotics, to determine if hardware is faulty, or ESXi fault.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
Giving access to ESXi shell console is always an issue for IT departments to other Teams, or Projects. We need to find a way so that teams can use ESXTOP for their POCs, or tests without giving them the access to ESXi host shell console with a root …
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Review VM disk settings: Migrate VM to new datastore with a thick provisioned (lazy zeroed) disk format: Rename a…
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains Open vSphere Client: Join ESXi host to AD domain: Verify ESXi computer account in AD: Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi: Test domain user login to ESXi host:
Suggested Courses

609 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question