Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How To setup Multi-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5.0 on a Standard vSwitch

How To setup Multi-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5.0 on a Standard vSwitch

Source:http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2007467 

This video discusses and demonstrates configuring Multi NIC vMotion on a Standard vSwitch in VMware vSphere 5. In this video too we will be learning on how to setup for NIC teaming where 2 or more network adapters must be uplink to a virtual switch which it had been explained indirectly during VMware KB 1004088 :How to configure NIC teaming in VMware VSphere. You may refer here as well by click to here.



As for reminder, the advantageous of having NIC teaming are:

  • Increased network capacity for the virtual switch hosting the team.
  • Passive failover in the event one of the adapters in the team goes down.









To setup Multi-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5.0 on a Standard vSwitch



  1. Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the inventory panel.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and select Networking.
  3. Click Add Networking and choose VMkernel as the Connection Type.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Add two or more NICs to the required standard swtich

    Note: You can create a new vSphere standard switch or use an existing vSwitch.
  6. Name the VMkernel portgroup (for example, vMotion-01), and assign a VLAN ID as required.
  7. Click Use this port group for vMotion, then click Next.
  8. Configure the IP address and subnet mask, then click Next..
  9. Click the Properties tab of the vSwitch, select the vMotion-01 portgroup, and click Edit.
  10. Click the NIC Teaming tab.
  11. Under Failover Order, select Override switch failover order.
  12. Configure the first adapter (for example, vmnic1) as active and move the second adapter (for example, vmnic3) tostandby.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Under the vSwitch Properties, click Add to create a second VMkernel portgroup.
  15. Name the VMkernel portgroup (for example, vMotion-02), and assign a VLAN ID as required.
  16. Click Use this port group for vMotion, then click Next.
  17. Configure the IP address and subnet mask, then click Next..
  18. Click the Properties tab of the vSwitch, select the vMotion-01 portgroup, and click Edit.
  19. Click the NIC Teaming tab.
  20. Under Failover Order, select Override switch failover order.
  21. Configure the second adapter (for example, vmnic3) as active and move the first adapter (for example, vmnic1) tostandby.
  22. On the Properties tab of the vSwitch, select each vMotion portgroup in turn and confirm that the active and standy adapters are the reverse of each other.

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