This is another quick post regarding the 4 NICs I ordered for my vSphere lab. As you know, we need to have more than just one NIC when it comes to configuring the ESXi hosts for a couple of reasons like separating our Management, Storage, and Virtual Machine network for redundancy, security, performance, etc. In a lab environment, I always try and mimic a production environment as much as possible for best learning experience. With that said, I went ahead and orderd 4 x Gigabit Ct Desktop Adapters for the N40Ls I have in my lab.
The N40L comes with one built in Broadcom NetExtreme BCM5723 Gigabit ethernet adapter which is not enough. We need to add more NICs and those NICs must be at least 1GB or faster for things like vMotion. Buying Gigabit NICs can be expensive, I know I’ve looked around for a bit until I found these adapters. For $35/each you can’t go wrong! So I went ahead and picked up 4 of these adapters, two for each server. One thing to note, is that these NICs are single port and because the N40Ls only have 2 PCIE ports, we can only install two of these cards which gives us a total of 3 NICs on each host. You can go out and purchase dual port NICs but from my experience those are expensive so I opted for single port instead which to be honest is sufficient for a lab. Its worth mentioning that these NICs come with a low profile bracket, as you guys know, the N40L is a low profile chassis so having these brackets is one less thing to worry about.
I installed the two NICs and the ESXi hypervisor automatically detected them and nothing else needed to be done. Great, now we can start getting all the VLANs configured once I get the HP v1910 24G switch 😉
(Its says 100 Full because I don’t have a gigabit switch, when I get one, It will change to 1000 Full)