Upgrading Network Components in VMware vShpere VMs

If you want to upgrade a virtual machine running on VMware Infrastructure 3 to run on vSphere, there are a few networking considerations for the guest VM (ironically, VI3 virtual machines carry the designation version 4. vSphere virtual machines are at version 7). Rick Vanover posted a nice article detailing the necessary steps. Steps include:

  • Install VMware Tools first – even if the VM is in VI3
  • Document IP addresses (because a new network adapter will get installed when you run the upgrade)
  • Remove non-present devices (Rick showed a few cool command lines to do this):
    • Run cmd.exe
    • type: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
    • type: devmgmt.msc
    • select “Show Hidden Devices” from the View menu.
    • Look in the network adapters section and remove old devices
  • Ensure MAC addresses are going to be an issue

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