Create a basic port channel
interface Port-channel1 description ESX Port Channel switchport mode trunk interface GigabitEthernet0/8 description ESX team channel-group 1 mode on spanning-tree portfast trunk interface GigabitEthernet0/9 description ESX team channel-group 1 mode on spanning-tree portfast trunk
Configure NIC teaming (Configuration – Network – Properties – vSwitch Properties) with the following settings
Load Balancing: Route based on IP address Network Failover Detection: Link status only Notify Switche: Yes Failback: No
When you’re happy with the results, update your Management network settings to use NIC teaming as well.