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You install Microsoft Services for Network File System (NFS) on a server that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. When you use this NFS server for VMware virtualization storage, TCP connections from the computers that are running VMware cannot be made to the server.
This issue occurs because a NFS server that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 supports only 16 TCP connections per IP address. This is by default.
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322756To use a server that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in a VMware environment, you must increase the maximum number of TCP connections that are allowed on the server.
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To do this, follow these steps:
A computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can be used for VMware virtualization storage. Each virtual machine (VM) that is running on the VMware hypervisor requires two TCP connections to the NFS. By default, a computer that is running NFS on Windows Server 2008 or on Windows Server 2008 R2 supports 16 TCP connections per IP address. This allows only eight VMs to connect to the VMware virtualization storage on the NFS. For VMware virtualization storage authorization on a NFS server that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the maximum number of NFS connections per IP address must be increased by using the steps that are mentioned in the "Resolution" section. With these steps, you can increase the number of NFS TCP connections up to a maximum of 8192.
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Article ID: 977517 - Last Review: June 21, 2014 - Revision: 4.0