2012-09-12

vESXi with 10Gb Ethernet Using VMXNET3 - Yes You Can!!

I have asked for this…. Begged for …… Ok not begged, but I did ask nicely.. a number of times, a great number of times!!!!
One of the slight drawbacks of working in vESXi is that you could not configure a virtual 10Gb Ethernet card. Why would you? Because you can of course but also because if you wanted to see what would happen in a lab before implementing 10Gb Ethernet in your Production environment– the only way to do it was with a physical server and a physical NIC. This would have been ideal for testing the implementation of NIOC for example.
And why was this – because the only Virtual Network Adapter type that worked up until now was E1000. VMXNET3 would not work. As you are aware – VMXNET3 presents itself as a 10Gb adapter to to Guest Operating Systems.
Until ESXi 5.1.
I noticed this in the release notes.
Release Notes
What was that VMXNET3 in a VM running ESX?
So I tried it out
And lo and behold…..
Ladies and Gents… I present to you a vESXi with 10Gb Ethernet adapter.
VMXNET3
And how do I know that it is 10Gb? I looked in the console.
10Gb
Besides the fact that vESXi is not supported – as noted above – this could cause your
vESXi host to crash.
You have been warned…!!
But it is cool!!!!!

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