Use this task to connect the VMkernel, which runs services for iSCSI storage, to a physical NIC. If you have just one physical network adapter to be used for iSCSI traffic, this is the only procedure you must perform to set up your iSCSI networking.

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Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the inventory panel.

2

Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.

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In the Virtual Switch view, click Add Networking.

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Select VMkernel and click Next.

5

Select Create a virtual switch to create a new vSwitch.

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Select a NIC you want to use for iSCSI traffic.

Important

If you are creating a port for the dependent hardware iSCSI adapter, make sure to select the NIC that corresponds to the iSCSI component. See Determine Association Between Dependent Hardware iSCSI and Physical Network Adapters.

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Click Next.

8

Enter a network label.

Network label is a friendly name that identifies the VMkernel port that you are creating, for example, iSCSI.

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Click Next.

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Specify the IP settings and click Next.

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Review the information and click Finish.