Configure LiveMigration network on Hyper-V running on Nutanix

Microsoft Networking best practice advice to run LiveMigration traffic on separate VLAN. Personally I think this is very good idea to isolate different traffic types (management, VM, SVC, LiveMigration, storage) from each other.

In example below I will show how to Configure LiveMigration network on Hyper-V running on Nutanix. I will use PowerShell, of course 🙂

First things first. Let me explain Hyper-V networking concept on Nutanix. After deployment, you can find two Logical Switches – InternalSwitch and ExternalSwitch. Internal switch is used only for local CVM to local Hyper-V host communication, has no physical uplinks bounded . ExternalSwitch – as name states – is used for external communication between CVMs, Hyper-V hosts, virtual machine traffic, LiveMigration. ExternalSwitch has LBFO team with usually two 10GbE physical NICs attached.

Run Poweshell on hyper-V host – locally or remotely and list all the switches

Add new one for LiveMigration

List again all switches

Assign VLAN to new LiveMigration switch

List all network adapters on hyper-v host, check if LiveMigration adapter is on the list.

Rename vEthernet (LiveMigration) to something more user friendly

Assign IP address and subnet to LiveMigration adapter

That’s it. Repeat it on every Hyper-V host in the cluster. When is done, start Failover cluster manager and check if new network appear in network resources

New network is visible

New network is visible

Right click on failover cluster –> LiveMigration networks and choose new network as the one dedicated for LiveMigration traffic only

Choose dedicated network for LiveMigration traffic

Choose dedicated network for LiveMigration traffic


Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).