Setting the "rolling failover" to Yes in the nic team apparently stops the HA restart issue. But the recommendation is to turn it off so I'm confused.
But you don't want to do that so here was the issue.
I am using cisco switches, if the console port is on the port that fails, the groupID is changed to the up port. When the nic is plugged back in, vmware recognizes it's groupID is backup and switches the console back to that port. The problem is the cisco doesn't immediately come back up, it takes 15 to 30 seconds to sync and initialize, so vmware then detects a host down, which caused HA to restart.
I still don't get why the nic wouldn't then just fail over to the working nic instead of restarting HA like it did when I unplugged it. And that is why when you turn rolling failover on it stays up when you re-connect the nics.
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What about using PortFast on the Interfaces?
I don't know but I'll try it out.