To comply with the objective and deployment guidelines of this validated design, configure a template management host with a separate network for vSphere vMotion in Region A.

You create a VMkernel adapter for vSphere vMotion traffic on a management host in each region. You configure the VMkernel adapter with a static IP address and route the traffic to a network that is different from the network for the ESXi management. You transfer the vMotion networking configuration of the host to the management host profile in the region.

Table 1. vMotion Network Configuration of a Template Host After vSphere Upgrade


Template Management Host

vMotion IP Address

vMotion Gateway

Region A



  1. Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. Delete the legacy VMkernel adapter for vSphere vMotion.
    1. On the Configure tab, select VMkernel adapters again.
    2. Locate the VMkernel adapter with the following settings and click the Remove selected network adapter icon.
    3. On the Remove VMkernel Adapter dialog, click OK.



      Network Label


      IP Address

      TCP/IP Stack




  3. Create a new vMotion VMkernel adapter on the vMotion TCP/IP stack on the mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local host.
    1. In the Navigator, click Host and Clusters and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Click on mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    3. Click the Configure tab, select VMkernel adapters under Networking and click the Add host networking icon.

      The Add Networking wizard appears.

    4. On the Select connection type page, select VMkernel Network Adapter and click Next.
    5. On the Select target device page, select Select an existing network, browse to select the vDS-Mgmt-vMotion port group, click OK, and click Next.
    6. On the Port properties page, select vMotion from the TCP/IP stack drop-down menu and click Next.
    7. On the IPv4 settings page, select Use static IPv4 settings enter IP address and subnet mask, and click Next.
    8. Click Finish.
  4. Configure the vMotion TCP/IP stack on the host.
    1. On the Configure tab of the host object, click TCP/IP configuration.
    2. Select vMotion and click the Edit TCP/IP Stack Configuration icon.
    3. In the Edit TCP/IP Stack Configuration dialog box, click Routing, enter in the VMkernel gateway text box, and click OK.