VMware Lab 7: Using Standard Switches

 

Task 1: View the Standard Switch Configuration

First, we go to the networking tab of an ESXi host and select Virtual Switches

Q1: What is the name of the default standard switch?

The default switch is named vSwitch0

Q2: Which physical adapter is the default standard switch connected to?

 The physical adapter is named vmnic0

Q3: Which network is your virtual machine connected to?

The virtual machine is connected to the VM Network

Q4: Which networks are connected to the default standard switch?

Management Network and VM network.

Task 2: Create a standard Switch with a Virtual Machine Port Group

In the Virtual switches tab, we click the ‘Add host networking’ icon.

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NOTE: I did not name the switch right so I removed it and gave it its proper name.

Task 3: Attach Your Virtual Machine to the New Virtual Machine Port Group

Before I can add my VM to my VM switch I needed to create the VM, so this was a process because I had to mount the ISO from Talos onto my Virtual Host which then allowed me to install a Windows 8 Client.

So this is me mounting it via Talos VCS onto my ESXi host, then on my VM client I selected use host’s drive for install

Now my Virtual Virtual Virtual machine is installed.

Now back to the lab.

Now in the folder LabVMs I need to right click my VM and edit settings.

Once that’s done I need to connect to it and see if I can run an ipconfig /renew. This will not work as I don’t have DHCP on my server so i’m going to have to set that up.

Now I can run my renew command

Now let’s try to ping my machines on the network

Now after that crazy inception the lab is now complete.


CT&A

This lab was really fun but it was pretty full on because;

  • I had to install a VM on my host using an ISO off of Talos
  • Create DHCP so my host could get an IP
  • Create a second NIC on my host for the second virtual switch

But besides that it all went well, kinda sketched out over my data-storage though, waiting for the lab to hook up my vSim 😀

 

Post Author: Nicholas Wilkinson

I am a 3rd year Networking Major in my IT BIT degree. I have a passion for Cloud Computing and IOT devices.

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