NIC Bridging on VM problem

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I have a ESXI 4.0 host with 4 nics setup for teaming (fault tolerance and load balancing). I have 2 vms setup on the host, when I setup bridging using 2 or more nics on the vm, the bridge nic shows bytes sent but 0 bytes received and the physical nics show sent bytes 0 and bytes being received. I am not using a vswitch and there is only 1 vlan, I understand bridging is not necessary, but my understanding is it should work. Is a vswitch necessary for this to work or some other special configuration?

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I don’t know why your seeing what you see, but i do have a few questions.

What level or type of teaming do you have setup on the host? When you say your setting up bridging on the vm, im to assume you are using two virtual nics in the vm. What os are you running on the vm and what type of bridging?

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  • Sonotsky
    I'm a bit confused... how do you have connectivity to your VM(s) if you have no vswitches set up? This is how ESX(i) connects VMs to physical interfaces. That may be part of the problem. The other thing I'm not clear on is, why do you want to bridge? Are you setting up a firewall host, for other VMs on the same physical host? If not, there probably isn't a good reason to bridge within a VM... More info, please.
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