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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Renaming vNICs in vSphere

It's a right pain when you change NICs within vSphere as it's numbering system messes up your carefully planned out system, so to rename them back to how you'd like you need to edit the configuration file on the host itself.
  • Put host into maintenance mode
  • SSH into host
  • Make a copy of the original file (cp /etc/vmware/esx.conf /etc/vmware/esx.conf.old)
  • Edit /etc/vmware/esx.conf
  • Find all the vmkname entries and rename them as you want, same for the pnic entries etc. depending on how complex your vSwitch setup is there may be lots more.
  • Reboot