On the reference host, a standard switch with a VMkernel adapter is created to set up the network configuration on ESXi.
This network configuration is captured in the host profile which is extracted from the reference host. During a stateless deployment, the host profile replicates this network configuration setting on each target host.
- On the ESXi host, configure a vSphere Standard Switch (VSS) or Distributed Virtual switch (DVS) by adding a VMkernel adapter.
- Verify that the newly added VSS/DVS switch is displayed in the VMkernel adapters page.
What to do next
Configure the Reference Host as a Transport Node in NSX-T. See Configure the Reference Host as a Transport Node in NSX-T.