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Virtual Controller Network Interfaces Numbering


I built an AOS8.3 Virtual Controller from the OVA file on a VMware ESX host.

  • I assigned a single NIC (GE 0/0/0) as an access port with IP address, etc.
  • I could manage the controller fine from ssh or web.


I needed to add another VLAN/access port, and assigned the appropriate network connection to Network adapter 2.


At this point, network connectivity was lost!



Troubleshooting and Solution

By default, 4 network interfaces are created, labelled Network adapter 1,2,3,4. The first two of these (1,2) are enabled and connected; the next two (3,4) are not enabled or connected.VA ESX network ports default.png



The numbering of the ESX Network adapters and the controller ethernet ports is not aligned: in this example adapter 2 was GE 0/0/0

(VC-standalone) [mynode] #show interface gigabitethernet 0/0/0

GE 0/0/0 is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is 10 Gigabit Ethernet, address is 00:0C:29:FA:F3:67 (bia 00:0C:29:FA:F3:67)
Description: GE0/0/0

The MAC address Adapter 3 lined up with GE 0/0/1.


Richard Litchfield, HPE Aruba
Network Solution Architect
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