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  • Incorrect Vmnic numbering

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if anyone has ever come across this issue.

    Installed ESXi 5.1 on a HP server and first boot into the console, the vmnic's don't correspond to the physical ports on the server.
    I've added a PCIe quad port NIC but even so the on-board nic's are not mapped to the vmnics correctly either - not even close.

    I found a KB article on the VMware support page but it talks about editing the esx.conf file and you can manually re-number your ports in there and after a reboot "hey presto" but although it's not a supported task by VMware it's also not an easy one if you're not a linux buff.

    Any advice or tips would be greatly received.

    thanks a bunch guys!

    JJB

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    Re: Incorrect Vmnic numbering

    I assume it was this KB article:

    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/mic...rnalId=2019871

    There's nothing else you can do as far as I'm aware.

    I've always tracked vmnic numbers by MAC address, it's not ideal...

    Once your up and running with your vSwitches nothing should need to change for a long time.
    VCP2 / VCP3 / VCP4 / VCP 5 / VCAP-DCA4 / VCI / vExpert 2010-2012

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    • #3
      Re: Incorrect Vmnic numbering

      Originally posted by scott28tt View Post
      I assume it was this KB article:

      http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/mic...rnalId=2019871

      There's nothing else you can do as far as I'm aware.

      I've always tracked vmnic numbers by MAC address, it's not ideal...

      Once your up and running with your vSwitches nothing should need to change for a long time.
      Agreed.

      When we first setup our hosts I tracked which vmnic was which by connecting it to a switch and verifying which nic became active.

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      • #4
        Re: Incorrect Vmnic numbering

        Windows has the same problem, though I don't know what it's called in Windows, which can make managing NIC's a bit of a challenge.

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