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Forcing a link state up or down for a vmnic interface on ESXi 5.x (2006074)

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When troubleshooting network connectivity, most commonly when working with improperly configured port channels, on a vSwitch, VMware vDS, or Cisco Nexus 1000v vDS, you have to shut down the uplink ports on the upstream physical switches for testing.
This article provides commands to change the link state of the physical interface from the Management Network vmkernel in ESXi 5.x.


To change the link state of the physical interface from the Management Network vmkernel:
Note: Only cards running auto-negotiation/10Mb/100Mb/1000Mb/10000Mb speeds are supported.
  1. Log in to the ESXi 5.0 host using Tech Support Mode with root account privilege. For more information, see Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x (1017910).
  2. Change the link status of the uplink vmnic with one of these commands:

    esxcli network nic down -n vmnicX

    esxcli network nic up -n vmnicX

    Where X is the vmnic number (for example,vmnic0)

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Update History

8/2/2012- Added a note on cards supported.

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