For VxRail nodes ordered with extra physical network ports, VxRail Manager will not manage the optional PCI-e NICs. You can configure the additional ports in vCenter for non-VxRail system traffic, such as VM networks, iSCSI, NFS, and so on.
The supported operations include:
- Create a new vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), and connect unused ports to the VSS.
- Connect unused ports to new port groups on the default vSphere Distributed Switch.
- Create a new vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), add VxRail nodes to the new VDS, and connect their unused network ports to the VDS.
- Create new VMKernel adapters, and enable services of IP Storage and vSphere Replication.
- Create new VM Networks, and assign then to new port groups.
Note: You must follow the official instructions/procedures from VMware and Dell Technologies for these operations.
The following operations are unsupported:
- Migrating or moving VxRail system traffic to the optional ports. VxRail system traffic includes the management, vSAN, vCenter Server and vMotion Networks.
- Migrating VxRail system traffic to other port groups.
- Migrating VxRail system traffic to another VDS.
Note: Performing any of these unsupported operations will impact the stability and operations of the VxRail cluster, and likely cause a failure in the VxRail cluster.