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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Creating VMkernel port groups

A VMkernel port group is created when an IP-based storage is being used, and it is also required when you configure vMotion and FT in the environment. By default, a VMkernel port group is created when an ESXi host is deployed for Management traffic.

Getting ready

A separate IP address is required while creating the VMkernel port group, so have the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway ready.

How to do it…

Now, let's look at the steps involved in creating a VMkernel portgroup:

  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client and browse to an ESXi host.
  2. Click on the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Networking tab, click on Virtual Switches, and click on the add |host networking icon, as shown in the following screenshot, or navigate to Actions ...

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