You can configure VMkernel port binding for the RDMA adapter using a vSphere standard switch with the NIC teaming configuration. You can use NIC teaming to achieve network redundancy. You can configure two or more network adapters (NICs) as a team for high availability and load balancing.


  1. Create a vSphere standard switch with a VMkernel adapter and the network component with the NIC teaming configuration.
    1. In the vSphere Client, select your host and click Networks tab.
    2. Click Actions > Add Networking.
    3. Select VMkernel Network Adapter and click NEXT.
    4. Select New standard switch and click NEXT.
    5. Under Assigned adapters, click +.
      A list of available physical adapters is displayed.
    6. Select the required physical adapter vmnic, and add it under Active adapters.
    7. Select another physical adapter vmnic, and add it under Unused adapters.
    8. Under VMkernel port settings, enter the required values.
      If you are using VLAN for the storage path, enter the VLAN ID.
    9. In the IP settings list, specify VMkernel IPv4 settings.
    10. Under Available services, select NVMe over RDMA.
    Repeat step 1 to configure an existing standard switch.
  2. Configure your switch for NIC teaming configuration.
    1. Click the Configure tab, and select Virtual switches under Networking.
    2. Select the appropriate VMkernel adapter.
    3. From the right-click menu, click Edit Settings.
    4. Select Teaming and Failover.
    5. Under Active adapters, move the required physical adapter vmnic.
    6. Under Standby adapters > Failover order, move the other physcial adapters.
    7. Set appropriate load balancing and other properties.
    8. Repeat the steps to configure additional VMkernel adapters.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add and configure additional set of teamed rnics. To verify if the adapter is configured, click the Configure tab and select VMkernel adapters