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Virtual Switch (vSwitch) acts as an interface to connect physical Ethernet adapters with virtual Ethernet adapters (connected to VMs). Prior to deploying and creating a DSC SWeVM instance you must have the minimum required virtual switches created for example, MGMT0, HA0 and PKT0 and if required PKT1.

Creating a vSwitch in VMware ESXi

Perform the following steps to create a virtual switch in VMware ESXi server host:

  1. Login to the VMware ESXi sever using VMware vSphere client.

     

     

  2. Select the Configuration tab.

     

  3. Select Networking in the Hardware section of the page.


     

  4. Click Add Networking link.
     

     

  5. Select Virtual Machine option to create a virtual switch to handle virtual machine network traffic.

  6. Click Next.

     

  7. Select a vSphere switch from the list to handle the network traffic for this connection.

    Do not select an Ethernet interface which is down. The Ethernet interface could be down because of no physical connections, check the physical connection of the interface before using it.

              

  8. Click Next.

     

  9. In the Network Label field, enter an appropriate name for the switch.

  10. Click the VLAN ID drop-down list and select a VLAN ID; by default, None (0) is selected.

    The VLAN ID is an optional field. None (0) implies no VLANs will be used and cannot be configured in DSC, while All (xxx) implies xxx VLANs will be used and can be configured in DSC. Sonus recommends you to use the default value for VLAN ID if you are not familiar with the VLAN configurations.

          

  11. Click Next.
     

     

  12. Review the information and click Finish.

     

NIC teaming for standard vSwitch

Perform the following steps to add another network adapter to a standard vSwitch:

  1. Login to the VMware ESXi sever using VMware vSphere client.

     

  2. Select the Configuration tab.

     

  3. Select Networking in the Hardware section of the page.

     

  4. Click the Properties link corresponding to the standard vSwitch.

     

  5. Select Network Adapters tab.

     

  6. Click Add.

     

  7. Select the network adapter from the list and click Next.

     

  8. Click Yes.

     

    By default, both the adapters are active. Setting one adapter as standby, establishes the internal communication between the two ports.

  9. Select the network adapter and click Move Down, to make it a standby adapter.

     

     

  10. Click Next.

     

  11. Click Finish.

     

  12. Click Close.


    The network adapter will be linked to the standard vSwitch in the Networking page

For more information on adding a network adapter to a VM instance, see Adding a Network Adapter to a VM Instance.

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