I am building a CCIE lab where I will use GNS3 to map virtual router interfaces to physical NIC interfaces which connect to physical switches. I want to build this in an ESXi5 Guest running Win 7. My ESXi5 host has 3x Sun X1034A cards which I had to write custom drivers for to get working with ESXi. ESXi detects all 12 ports across my 3 cards with no problems.
It seems to achieve the physical connectivity that I need, I must create a separate vSwitch for each NIC port. So I end up with 12 vSwitches with 1 NIC interface in each. I then go to my Guest and start adding the Ethernet Adapters, tying them to each vSwitch one at a time. I reach 10 adapters and suddenly I cant add anymore!
Is there a way around the 10 limit? I tried manually editing my VMX file, adding the NICs but they don't show up in vSphere. Or is there a better way to set this up and I am doing it wrong?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Anyone interested in building your own custom drivers for ESXi should check out trickstarter's tread on vm-help.com http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=4340
EDIT: Thanks for your responses. Perhaps there is a config trick to accomplish what I am trying to do? Any ESX masters in the house? ;)