Dual Gigabit using TB

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  1. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

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    I'm looking to virtualize my Mac Mini (host + 2 VMs) and wanted to purchase a TB to dual gigabit ethernet. This way I can assign a dedicated NIC to each VM, and the built-in one on the Mac can be used for the host.

    Anyone make anything like this?
     
  2. guzhogi macrumors 68030

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    I know Apple has a Thunderbolt → single ethernet adaptor, but I haven't seen an adaptor like that that has 2 ethernet ports.

    A particularly ugly solution is maybe get a PCIe card chassis with an ethernet card and connect it to your Mac Mini. I've also seen this rack mount that holds your mini and has 2 PCIe card slots in it:

    http://sonnettech.com/product/xmacminiserver.html

    I haven't used it myself so I can't vouch for it. I just know that it exists. If you get this, let me know. The school district I work for has a few minis working as servers, and I'd be curious how well this works.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Maybe you could get either the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station or Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock for the extra Ethernet connection.
     
  4. guzhogi macrumors 68030

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    OP, let me know if I understand your post correctly, but you want a total of 3 ethernet ports (one for the actual Mini, and 1 for each of 2 VMs)?

    The dock he listed has 2 TB ports (one to connect to the Mini, & 1 to daisy chain another device). Maybe get this and an Apple TB→Ethernet adaptor?
     
  5. macsimcon macrumors member

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    I've done this with a Pegasus R8, and it worked great, so I suspect that the CalDigit or one of the other docks would give you what you're looking for (with the appropriate TB to Ethernet adapters).
     
  6. jcbhammond macrumors member

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    I know this can be done cause I have seen others do it. No experience myself though. The third connection could be the built in wireless or couldn't you use USB to Ethernet adapters?
     

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