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Hi, I recently setup an ESXi 5.1 VMware server on an enterprise IBM server. I am in the process of moving my older Dell servers to VM's. All appears to be going pretty well but it's manual work.

My IBM server has 4 onboard NIC's and an Intel NIC with 4 ports. I have ethernet cables in most of the NIC's. Does VMware load balance the NIC's automatically or is there something I need to do for load balancing?

My goal is to add 2 NIC's to a VM and team them.
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Thanks! I just now added 5 NICs to a team in VMware. I added a 2nd NIC to the VM. What steps should I follow to bind 2 adapters as one in the VM or is the 2nd one even needed with the host handling the team?
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There is no need to add two nics to a VM.

Teaming is not supported in the VM.

Just add a VMXNET3 interface, that will give you 10GBe network interface and enough bandwidth.

Host Handles the team.
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Thank you works great! I just made the changes on the host and the VM. All looks good!
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Sorry last question - It is ok to add all my VM's to this virtual switch or should I create a virtual switch for each VM?

I am running domain controller on 1 VM, Ghost on another VM and the rest are low traffic.
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