As I was playing around in the VMware* VI Client, I noticed that I could create a virtual drive that can be shared between my VMs on different systems. This comes in handy in saving some disk space. It’s also a nifty trick and an excuse to play with another feature. Since the backup files are read-only files, it’ll be perfect to create this type of virtual disk and have all my VMs access the same virtual disk simultaneously.
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