VMotion used in ESX Server is the basic building block to use many of the advanced features in virtualization. VMotion allows you to move your VMs from one physical server to another with no end user impact. It’s the basis for Live Migration, Load Balancing, Fail recovery, and even Fault Tolerance.
This guide shows step by step instructions on how to "direct assign" Intel 85276 NIC to a virtual machine using Intel's VT-d technology. For this guide I am using the following hardware and software:
- Supermicro X8DTN+ Server with Intel Core i7 X5570 processors, American Megatrends BIOS R1.1
- VMware's ESX Server 4.0 as the hypervisor