Palo configuration guide

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Mar 12th, 2010

Anyone know how to present more than 2 vNICs with the new Palo VIC? Tried adding eth2 and eth3 but they show up as down inside ESX. Also created a dynamic vNIC policy with 6 vNICs but then no vmnics show up in ESX.

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cpaggen Fri, 03/12/2010 - 10:46

Make sure your adapter is running the latest firmware version (1.1-1J or 1L). Dynamic vnics are not vmnics, they're meant to be used for VN-Link in Hardware. Dynamic vnics are used by VMs that join port-groups in the DVS instantied by UCSM inside vCenter Server.

Your regular UCS  vnics (non dynamic) will be seen by ESX as vmnics:

[[email protected] ~]# esxcfg-nics -l
Name    PCI      Driver      Link Speed     Duplex MAC Address       MTU    Description
vmnic0  08:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:58:10:af 1500   Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet NIC
vmnic1  09:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:58:10:cf 1500   Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet NIC
vmnic2  0a:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:58:10:2e 1500   Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet NIC
vmnic3  0b:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:58:10:3e 1500   Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet NIC
[[email protected] ~]#

Dynamic vnics have placeholders on the PCI bus:

[[email protected] ~]# lspci | egrep -i "cisco.*pass"
0c:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
0d:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
0e:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
0f:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
11:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
12:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
13:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
14:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
15:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
16:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
17:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
18:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
19:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
1a:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
1b:00.0 Ethernet controller: Cisco Systems Inc 10G Ethernet pass-thru NIC (rev a2)
[[email protected] ~]#

JEREMY WALDROP Sat, 03/13/2010 - 13:07

thank you, that was a lot easier than what I was trying to make it. I see 4 vmincs now

vmnic0  0000:08:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:0c:95:af 1500   Cisco Systems Inc VIC Ethernet NIC
vmnic1  0000:09:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:0c:95:bf 1500   Cisco Systems Inc VIC Ethernet NIC
vmnic2  0000:0a:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:0c:95:ae 1500   Cisco Systems Inc VIC Ethernet NIC
vmnic3  0000:0b:00.00 enic        Up   10000Mbps Full   00:25:b5:0c:95:be 1500   Cisco Systems Inc VIC Ethernet NIC

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