Vmware network configuartion:

Vmware network configuration:

Anyone to explain the configuration of the Network shown in the screenshot below.

I see 2 standard switches, one for Management network and has 2 physical Nics active/standby.
what exactly this is about (Management Network).?

I also see Cluster with 2 virtual machines. I wonder how to make them show up together like in the picture? maybe they created port group.

I see other VM port group, but I do not see any VM machines there

Any explanation will be very much appreciated.

Thank you


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jskfanAsked:
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TMekeelCommented:
Management Network is the default on install, and whomever installed it setup active/standby with two NIC ports.
Then created a second virtual Switch, and assigned two more NIC Ports.
All the VM traffic is segregated by VLANs on the second switch.  Additionally, as VLANs were added whomever created them added a new switch (labeled as port group) but selected an existing NIC rather than choosing to create a vSphere switch.
See screenshot.  It shows selections that will create a port group on the existing vSwitch1 using NIC1.

You access this by selecting your host >configuration tab, select networking, then Add Networking.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
<<whomever created them added a new switch (labeled as port group) but selected an existing NIC rather than choosing to create a vSphere switch.>>

I do not see where he selected an existing NIC
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TMekeelCommented:
In the screenshot I uploaded, Nic1 belongs to an existing vswitch. Selecting that adds another port group still attached to physical NIC1.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What are you trying to achieve?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thanks..just trying to understand
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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
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