Add Networking to ESX server

Posted on 2013-09-24
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Last Modified: 2013-10-06
In the case when i need to add physical vmnic to an ESX. the existing vswitch  will show as vswitch0 and the new one will show as vswitch1. in this case do I need to manually move the existing VMs from Vswitch0 to Vswitch1? or for instance when adding new VMs,do I need to specify to which vswitch they should belong to.? OR the Network load will automatically be shared between the 2 vmnics .

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Vaseem Mohammed earned 668 total points
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If you need multiple Physical NICs associated with a vSwtich, you need to go to the properties of vSwitch0, on Network Adapters Tab, select Add button to add NIC. Once added, select the Ports Tab, and select the vSwitch, then click on Edit, then go to NIC teaming tab. Here you can move the NIC according to your requirement. Both NICs will be Active by moving under Active Adapters.

In case you want to create a new vSwitch then you can associate the newly added NIC to new vSwitch. In this case you will have 2 vSwitches, when you create a VM you will have to select to which vSwitch the VM should connect to.

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by:Aravind Sivaraman
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The new VMNIC can be added to the existing vSwitch (in ur case vSwitch0), we create the VM network port group on the vSwithc and assign the VM's to the port group and NOT to the vSwitch

To add new vmnic to the vSwith0

1) Click Properties on vSwitch 0
2) Select Network Adapter Tab
3) Click on Add and this will give the available vmnic on the host, select the vmnic and follow the onscreen to complete the task
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Create a new Virtual Machine Portgroup on vSwitch1.

Why do you need to move VMs from one vSwitch0 to vSwitch1 ?

you could move the physical NICs from vSwitch0 to vswitch1?

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


Virtual Networking


Virtual Networking Concepts


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