How to quickly test multiple port groups on a new ESXi 5.0 host

Hey folks,

I just added a new host running ESXi 5 update 1 to a new cluster. This particular cluster isn't using distributed switches and it contains a bunch of VM Network port groups. In the past I had to create a test VM and manually test network communication, then manually change the network on the vmmic and test again by going into the VM network settings, changing IP information, and run some tests.

My question is this - Is there a tool that exist that makes this process less painful? It can be GUI or script.

Thanks.

KJ
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is not really a tool, but you could write a script using PowerCLI, that changes the Virtual Machine Portgroup the VM is connected to, and then use ping...

$OldNet = "VM Network1"
$NewNet = "VM Network1"

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Get-VM |Get-NetworkAdapter |Where {$_.NetworkName -eq $OldNet } |Set-NetworkAdapter -NetworkName $NewNet -Confirm:$false

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