Free Trial

Safari Books Online is a digital library providing on-demand subscription access to thousands of learning resources.

  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Network with vSwitches

vSphere 4 and later support networking using third party vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS) like Cisco’s Nexus 1000V and also maintain support for Standard vSwitches (vSS). vSwitches are easy to use and very functional. Let’s dive into using vSwitches and set up the Management Network, assign a static IP, and create a vSwitch for virtual machine networking.

Set Up NIC Teaming on the Management Network

The Management Network is one of the most important parts of an ESXi host, and it is one of the main forms of communication with an ESXi host. While virtual machines would continue to run and provide services without the Management Network, this would be similar to taking a cruise without a captain. Therefore, it makes sense to put extra effort into safeguarding its operation. One of the ways to accomplish this is to assign the Management Network two physical NICs; this approach ensures that if one NIC fails, communication with the host is not lost. Teaming two NICs keeps the High Availability service from assuming that the host is down, creating what is referred to as a split brain, and trying to restart the VMs on another host while they are still running on the disconnected host. Let’s take a look at how to team a network connection by adding an adapter and possibly adjusting which adapter is the primary.


  

You are currently reading a PREVIEW of this book.

                                                                                                                    

Get instant access to over $1 million worth of books and videos.

  

Start a Free 10-Day Trial


  
  • Safari Books Online
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint