Cisco Virtual Switch on VMware ESXi 5.5

Hello Experts,

I'm in process of creating my own lab, similar to GNS3 but using VMware vSphere ESXi.

Can someone please provide links on how to go about creating a virtual Cisco switch that I can use to connect my virtual routers/host etc?

Someone mentioned I need to create 'Virtual Machine portgroup name on the ESXi host' as shown in the image - but I don't know what that means.

Cheers

Carlton
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you look at my Basic Networking Guide, it explains Virtual Machine Portgroups

HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

(also applicable to 5.5!)

let me know, if you still do not understand
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Reading the document now.

I will let you know

Cheers mate.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, ask away....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hello Andrew,

I'm having a slight problem.

I have reached the stage where I'm creating a new vSwitch, however I'm not given the option to select an adaptor, please see image
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
So, Andrew, I went with vSwitch0 (until I hear from you). I labelled the ProductionLAN, however when I try assign the Network Adaptor to the ProductionLAN nothing appears, see image
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In the first screenshot, you cannot add a nic, because both nics are already in use.

Did you follow my Article to add a Virtual Machine Portgroup on vSwitch0 ?

You should have a default network of VM Network?

Please upload a screenshot of your networking?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK, will upload now....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Please see attached ....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew, I created the second adaptor
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Shouldn't still be able to see the Production Lan like you have in your instructions shown in the image?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

I tried to re-add the adapter and it states down, see image.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Virtual Machine networks look correct, and created on the vSwitch.

e.g. ProductionLAN and DevelopLAN

you should be able to select these in the VM.....

I think I know what it is.....

REMOVE ALL the NICS. They are not compatible with ESXi, it states Flexible!

RE-ADD and use an Intel E1000 nic.

then select your Network...

It's DOWN, because it;'s not connected to a switch, with a cable or cable fault, physical switch port, wrong speed etc
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Do you mean remove NICs shown in the attached image? If so, I can't. The router won't work with E1000 NICs
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, they ALL have to be removed. the default nics do not work correct with ESXi.

E1000 are compatible.

Flexible nics is the issue and the odd permission issue you have.

Try adding a new E1000 nic, and see if you can select the correct network.

This is likely a VMware Workstation VM, and some components are not compatible with ESXi.

To check your networking, create a new VM, and select the network!

you do not need to install an OS!

Does this work with a different VM ?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

This is the website you provided.

http://www.viktorious.nl/2014/05/14/building-virtual-cisco-nexus-lab-vsphere/

You will see that they say to remove E1000 because they won't work. He also creates the NICs the way I have and also created a Port Group how I would like to create it...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
I wish I could read!

The article actually says remove the adapters (as you said) and add E1000 NICs.

Once I did that, I got it to work.

Once again, thank you.

BTW, you have created an amazing networking guide...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's not right....

The default NICs in the emulator won’t work with ESXi, so remove them and add E1000 adapters.

the adaptors you have are flexible not E1000!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did you try creating a VM and checking/testing your Virtual Machine Portgroups ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We cross posted.

Glad it's working, and thanks for the comments on the article!

Andy
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Cheers mate.
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