vSphere Networking 101 – Renaming VMnics – Backup and Restore
This is a super simple tutorial that I wanted to do on how to rename VMnics. This is great for network card replacement and is just a good thing to know in case something does go south on a hardware replacement. Let’s move on.
SSH to your host and try to keep in mind to use a DRAC or ILO just in case. There should be no need to do this if you are not touching the management or service console uplinks for ESX or ESXi.
- cp -p /etc/vmware/esx.conf /etc/vmware/esx.conf.backup (This will backup the current configuration seek kb here)
- VI /etc/vmware/esx.conf
- scroll down and locate the Dev/ids and these will be followed with a =vmnic#
- Type i
- go over to the VMnic you wish to modify
- delete of backspace
- Type in the right name
- Hit “ESC”
- Type “:wq” yes that is a colon wq.
You can either reboot or try cycling services but that is pretty much all that really to it. Enjoy and thinks for stopping by!