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Connecting virtual NICs to a vDS port group fails with the error: No free port is available in DVportgroup (1037531)

Symptoms

Summary

Connecting virtual NICs to a virtual distributed switch (vDS) port group fails with an error.

Example

No free port is available in DVportgroup PG_FSE_vMotion
No free port is available in DVportgroup Gen-Client2-v111
No free port is available in DVportgroup Gen-Client2-v111
No free port is available in DVportgroup vm-uplink-vlan22
No free port is available in DVportgroup NETAPP
No free port is available in DVportgroup vlan226

Impact

You are unable to connect a virtual NIC to a vDS group. 

Resolution

This issue occurs if there are not enough ports in the vDS port group.
 
To resolve this issue, perform one of these options:
  • Increase the number of ports in the port group. To increase the number of ports in the port group:
    1. Click Inventory > Networking.
    2. Click + to expand the dvSwitch.
    3. Right-click the port group and choose Edit Settings.
    4. Increase the number of the ports.

  • Disconnect existing ports to make them free for use by other virtual NICs.

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