NIC Teaming on VMWARE guest servers

Posted on 2012-09-17
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Last Modified: 2012-09-18
Can NIC teaming be used on virtual guest servers in VMware 4?
If so, is there any benefit?

"This relates to the virtual servers, not the physical host server"
Question by:Howzatt

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Also the Guest server is WinSvr 2008 R2 Standard
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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Typically no benefit since traffic is going through the vswitch.

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itnetworkn earned 664 total points
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I have to agree with paulsolov. I can not really think of any kind of benefit. I would be more concerned with making sure you have redundancy in the rest of your architecture i.e; physical switches, host nics, host power, etc.

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Thanks for that.
I have just provisioned a new File server. Seems to be running fine. Just wanted to make sure there is nothing else for me to consider.
Physical architecture is fine.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 668 total points
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Teaming of network interfaces in the Guest is not supported. If you want faster throughput, add additional physical nics to the vSwitch, and upgrade the Guest Network Interface to the VMXNET3.

VMXNET3 will be you a 10Gb network interface.

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