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How to change IP range on Vmnic?

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hi guys

I'm trying to change the IP range on the Vmnic2 on the Esxi. I've attched screenshot of what i mean, but I can't seem to edit the IP range. i want the IP range on this Vmnic to be 192.168.40.0/24, how do I do this?

Thanks a lot
Yashy
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You cannot add IP address on VMNIC2. You will have to add VMKernel port (Management network) on VSwitch and then assign IP address on it.
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The vmnic's are uplinks to the physical switch, they are just the plumbing that allows virtual machines and/or mgmt ports to talk through the vswitch to the physical switch.  None of the vmnics hold an IP.  The service console port, the vmkernel port, those hold IPs.  They are doing the communication, and going through the vmnic pipes that you have created.
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You do not edit, IP Addresses on VMNICs, because they are attached to Switches, which just passes traffic, ASSIGN an IP Address to your VM!

for VMNIC2 to be in the IP Address range, you connect it to a physical switch, which has that IP Address range traffic running on it.
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sorry for the late response; been away.

Hanccocka, but then why does this vmnic have network adapter with an IP range? I never gave this? Here, I've attached screenshot.
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this does not have an IP Address, it's just displaying what traffic it's detecting on vmnic2.
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But this switch is just a vanilla switch, so it doesn't have any VLANS. There are connections going from this switch into different firewall ports (which have different IP's). So if I wanted the server that will be using Vmnic2 to be on the 192.168.40.0/24 range, I have to connect VMnic2 directly to the firewall port which is on the 192.168.40.0 range or create a VLAN on the switch with that range and connect it to Vmnic2?
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That is correct, the Observed Range is traffic from IP Addresses, which are hitting the nic.

Observed Range offers guidance, so you can tell which nics are plugged into which networks.

If you need to be plugged into a different network, change it!
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