Adding NICs to my machine to run VMs from my Windows 7 computer

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If I want to run multiple VMs from my Windows 7 computer, I will need 6 NICs. How can I add 6 NICs to my machine? Are there ethernet banks or a single PCI card with lots of ports?

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Why do you need 6 NICS? What virtualization technology? Most hypervisors will create virtual NICs that will use the hardware interface that already exists.

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  • carlosdl
    Why will you need 6 NICs ?
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  • jinteik
    and next question is can your pc even fit 6 NIC?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Whatever u asked, I think, practically it is not possible. If the motherboard supports 6 slots for the same then it is another issue. But I never seen like a MB of kind that. Either u have to attach external slot, but it is also not possible / very hard to detect. It is better to partition ur HDD (current HDD may be 500 GB) and install various OS as usual.
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  • KFaganJr
    You can add 6 NIC ports easily to your machine by adding one quad port NIC and one dual port NIC. (granted you have at least 2 slots available on your MOBO) I can't tell you how expensive this might be to acquire the correct cards for your system but it is certainly possible. That being said, unless you have a specific reason for needing 6 NIC ports, I would use virtual ports when possible.
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  • Sixball
    Most virtualization software will allow you to basically make your existing NIC into mini-trunks for your installed Virtual machines. A well-configured VM set-up will use fewer, not more, NICs...
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