Adding new ESXi servers to the VCenter with dvSwitch

Hi folks,

What specific steps do I need to do or be aware when adding new ESXi servers to the existing HA cluster and VCenter that is already configured with Distributed Virtual switch ?

I've never done this before and wondering if the Network Label and VLAN is automatically configured when te ESXi joined the cluster or VCenter?
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
And what about the vmfs data store ?
Would they be automatically detected ?
gheistCommented:
Once you install ESXi it makes default vmfs on local disk

Best way to proceed is to use host profiles - make a host profile with dvswitch configuration and VMFS/iscsi and NFS mounts, then apply to other host (it usually asks for IPs, so no danger unless you overdo with copy/paste)

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Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
If you don't do host profiles you can do it manually pretty easily. First make the vmk networks manually (I use mgmt, San, and vmotion). Then you can goto the dvswitch and use the add/manage wizard.

If you have running vms on the new host them adding those takes a few more steps but not much. If you need a guide with screenshots let me know and I'll try to find one for you, they are out there.
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I got existing VMFS LUNsconfigured on the SAN already.
so I should not recreate new.

do I just rescan the VMFS automatically ?
gheistCommented:
Yes.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Aaron, yes please, i need some help in configuring the dvSwitch part. if it is just normal vSwitch, I know how to manually
add the new ESXi host to the VCenter and joining it to the cluster.

I just don't know how to do it with dvSwitch in my new environment
Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
Add it in with a standard switch, then goto the dbswitch and migrate it with the wizard.
gheistCommented:
You go to vcenter networking and add there you can configure dvswitch host networking. Normal host dvswitch picture you are used to with vswitches is read-only.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Would that be automatic or involves manual steps and putting in all of the VLAN data ?
gheistCommented:
Just IPs have to be entered on each new hosts. You can copy over all vlan and trunk and other network configuration, and all possible configuration like Directpath IO, host acceptance level etc.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks,

So what IP address is this ?
gheistCommented:
IPs of virtual vmkernel adapters - like managment network, vmotion network etc
vlans are configured on dvswitch
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