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Manage vMX on VMWare

 

Read this topic to understand how to perform tasks such as allowing VLAN traffic and setting up serial port connection post vMX installation.

Allowing VLAN Traffic

Note the following regarding VLAN usage on vMX ESXi:

  • vMX on VMware ESXi supports 64 VLANs per IFD.

  • For VLANS to work on the VMware ESXi, you must set VLAN offload on the NICs that are being used.

To allow VLAN traffic to reach vMX, configure the interface to allow all VLAN IDs.

To configure the interface to pass all VLAN traffic:

  1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server and click the Configuration tab.
  2. Select Networking and click Properties next to the Standard Switch that contains your WAN interface.
  3. In the vSwitch Properties dialog box, select the network interface in the Port tab and click Edit at the bottom.
  4. In the Port Group Properties section, select All from the VLAN ID list in the General tab and click OK.

Setting Up a Serial Port Connection to the VM

You can set up the ESXi firewall to allow incoming serial port connections so that you can access the VM using telnet.

To configure the serial port connection for a VM:

  1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server and click the Configuration tab.
  2. Select Security Profile and click Properties next to Firewall.
  3. In the Firewall Properties dialog box, select the VM serial port connected over network box and click OK.
  4. In the left navigation pane, select the VM and and right-click Edit Settings to display the Virtual Machine Properties window. In the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties window, click Add. The Add Hardware wizard is displayed.
    1. For Device Type, select Serial Port and click Next.
    2. For Select Port Type, select the Connect via Network button and click Next.
    3. For Select Network Backing, select the Server button and specify the port number in the Port URI text box in the format telnet://:port-number (for example, telnet://:8601). Click Next.
    4. Click Finish.

After you have configured the serial port connection, you can access the VM using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command.

Logging In to VCP

You can access the serial console using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command, and log in with the username root and no password.

To disconnect from the console, log out of the session and press Ctrl + ]. At the telnet> prompt, type close and press Enter.

Logging In to VFP

You can access the serial console using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command, and log in with the username root and password root.

To disconnect from the console, log out of the session and press Ctrl + ]. At the telnet> prompt, type close and press Enter.

Viewing CPU Information

To display CPU information, select the ESXi server in the left navigation pane and click the Summary tab in the Inventory view.

Verifying Whether VMs Are Running

To verify that the VMs are running after vMX is installed, select the VM in the left navigation pane and click the Summary tab of the VM. The Summary tab displays the current status and whether the VM is powered on or off.