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VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 1 – vSwitch Error

Posted by Veniamin Kireev on March 6, 2018
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On my work, I needed to install ESXi on our Server HP Proliant DL360 G6 server. Going to configure the network, I needed to add adapters to vSwitch but something went wrong and I got the error says to me – “You do not have free adapters to add to vSwitch”:

There are no free physical adapters to attach to this virtual switch - Error

After some searches, I came across VMware document “Configuring vSwitch or vNetwork Distributed Switch from the command line in ESXi/ESX (1008127)

For work, we need to connect to the server via SSH and configure through the console. I needed the following commands:

esxcli network vswitch standard list – to view vswitch configuration

esxcli network ip interface list – to view vmkernel interfaces

esxcli network nic list – to view physical adapters

To add another uplink:

This command without any problems added an interface to my vSwitch:

vSwitch0 - Type Standard vSwitch

Next, I went back to the NIC teaming settings via the Web GUI:

Web GUI - NIC teaming

After this activities, I was able to add adapters to my vSwitch and continue work with my server.

 

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