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VMWARE host generalist question 😀

Posted on 2016-10-26
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Hello experts.
I have a request to update host nic drivers (this bit I can do), and also to 'optimise' the host NICs. What's that mean exactly? could it be referring to network Enhancement features such as RSS and NetDMA perhaps? or is this something that is VMWARE specific and that you vmware experts can point me in the direction of?
thank you for reading.
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Question by:Jason Thomas
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by:Jason Thomas
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update drivers on vmware esxi hosts that should have stated.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Is this on the host or the guests ?

and what options do you need to turn on, and are these supported within the Guest or Host ?

It will be VMware specific, e.g. the nic driver needs to support it, and is all configured via VMware ESXi.

e.g. duplex and speed settings could be considered as optimisation!
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I would recommend looking into nic firmware as well as drivers.  If using for iSCSI look at queue depth, etc..
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Try this one:

http://lifeofageekadmin.com/optimal-network-adaptor-settings-for-vmxnet3-and-windows-2008-r2/
http://lifeofageekadmin.com/network-performance-vmxnet3-windows-server-2012-r2/

Forthe in Guest VMXnet 3 drivers tweak.

I've done it in my VM templates and deployed to my produciton environment with no issue.
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by:compdigit44
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What make and model NIC card is in your host? Can you please give us a briefly overview of your network requirements so we can help guide you better..

Your original question was a bit vague.. :-)
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thank you all.
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