Good day all,

I have an ESXi server running in a Data Center. The server is connected to an HP Pro Curve 2810 switch on NIC 1. I have a second NIC on the server which I want to connect to a second Pro Curve switch.

I would like the ESXi server to be setup, when NIC 1 fails (disconnected cable etc) it switches to NIC 2.

Is that possible? And if so how to set it up?

Thanks in advance.

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Yes it's possible. You configure failover NICs for the vSwitch that you would like to be redundant.

  • Thanks for the fast help! :-) I have a really easy setup: 1 vSwitch and all VM's are on that vSwitch. I just add the 2nd NIC to the vSwitch and that's it? Or... – Marcel K. Oct 4 '13 at 18:34
  • You add the second NIC and configure it as a standby, yes. It's fairly straightforward if you just want failover. – MDMarra Oct 4 '13 at 18:35
  • Ok, thanks again! I will have a look at it. Yes failover is what I want. – Marcel K. Oct 4 '13 at 18:43
  • Can I just go with the default settings for NIC teaming and put the second NIC as standby? – Marcel K. Oct 4 '13 at 18:45
  • Yes. One NIC will be active and the other NIC will be standby. You know that this is pretty thoroughly documented. Have you tried looking in the VMware knowledgebase? – MDMarra Oct 4 '13 at 18:59

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