NetApp Simulator CDOT 8.2 – Add Extra Network Interfaces

For some complex setups, you may want to test some extra network configurations on your NetApp Simulator.  Adding the network interfaces may seem simple enough in VMware Workstation, but you are likely to get an error message stating “Cannot assign available PCI slot to ethernet5.  There are no more PCI slots available in the virtual machine.”

VMW-NetApp-VSIM-Not-PCI

 

 

 

 

 

This can easily be fixed by editing the VMX file for your virtual machine.  First, click OK on the error if you have not done so already.

Then open the DataONTAP.vmx file in notepad

Scroll to the bottom of the file and look for this:

VMW-NetApp-VSIM-Notepad-NoPCIBridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above the ethernet0.pciSlotNumber = “16” insert:

pciBridge0.present = “TRUE”
pciBridge0.pciSlotNumber = “16”

Then renumer the PCI slots below it to foll0w the sequence as shown below.

VMW-NetApp-VSIM-Notepad-PCIBridge-Added

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the file and exit notepad.

You should now be able to power your NetApp simulator up and have 8 network interfaces usable.

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