Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Network I/O Control Version 3 and vSphere 6

Network I/O Control V4 and vSphere 6

VSphere 6 introduces a new version of Network I/O Control. This new version allows network reservations at the vnic level. What follows is a simple demonstration on how to set this up. This allows the critical virtual machines to have a guaranteed amount of network bandwith. This feature is compatible with DRS.

Note: Althought the vSphere Client can connect to the vCenter Server, you can't use the C Sharp client for this. Notice the following error:

Step 1. Create a Distributed Virtual Switch and migrate at least one vm to it. Make sure that Network I/O Control is enabled. This is what it should look like once you finish.

Step 2: Go to the Networking View, select Manage and specify the network related reservation for the Virtual Machine Traffic system defined pool. 

Step 3: Create your User Define Network Pool and specify its reservation.

Step 4: Associate your Port Group to your Network Pool.

Step 5: Specify the reservation at the vm level by editing its settings.

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