vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Add Hosts to DVS and Create VMkernel Ports

In my last post, I showed you how to create a Distributed Virtual Switch in the vSphere 5.5 Web Client, then add Distributed Virtual Port Groups to it. Now, we need to add our hosts to the DVS and configure our VMkernel ports.

Add ESXi Hosts to Distributed Virtual Switch and Create VMkernel Ports

1. In the vSphere Web Client Home page, click on the Networking icon.

2. Right-click your DVS (1), then click Add and Manage Hosts (2)

3. Choose Add Hosts, then click Next.

4. Click New Hosts.

5. Choose the Hosts to add to the DVS, then click OK.

6. Check Configure identical network settings… and then Next.

7. Choose the Template Host (in our case they are all identical, so it doesn’t matter which one), then click Next.

8. Leave the defaults for Template Mode, then click Next.

9. Choose an unclaimed/on other switches vmnic (1), then click Assign uplink (2).

10. Choose the uplink you want to assign the selected vmnic to, then click OK. Repeat for the rest of the vmnics you wish to join to the DVS.

11. Once all of your vmnics are assigned to uplinks, click Apply to all to push the config to the other hosts you’re configuring. Click Next.

12. Since we just have the one VMkernel adapter, choose it (1), then click Assign port group (2).

13. Choose the appropriate destination Port Group for vmk0, then click OK.

14. Since we need to add a VMkernel port for iSCSI x 2, vMotion, and Fault Tolerance, we’ll go ahead and add them here. Also, since the process is the same for each VMkernel port, I’ll only show it once. Click New Adapter.

15. Click Browse to select an existing distributed port group.

16. Choose the appropriate distributed port group, then click OK, then Next.

17. Choose IPv4 or IPv6, choose the appropriate service to enable on this VMkernel port, then click Next.

18. Either choose DHCP (default) or switch to a static IP address, then click Next.

19. Review your settings, and if appropriate, click Finish.

20. Once you’ve finished creating all of your VMkernel ports, it’s time to apply them to the rest of your hosts. Click Apply to All.

21. Fill in IP addresses as appropriate for each VMkernel port to be added, then click OK.

22. Click Next.

23. Impact to services will then be analyzed. You may not see anything show up here. Click Next.

24. Review all of the changes, then click Finish.

25. You should now see your config show up on your host.

And that’s it for this article. Stay tuned for the next in this series, which will cover adding and configuring software iSCSI.

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