We're trying to plan our VMware implementation and I need some guidance. I'm good at naviagating around VirtualCenter and can work my way around ESX, but I am a newbi when it comes to networking.
We have the following hardware to install.
2 Dell R805's (ESX Servers, 8 NICs each)
1 EqualLogic SAN Array 300Gbx16 (2 controllers with 3 ports each)
2 48 port Dell PowerConnect 5448s (I only showed 30 ports in the diagram).
We built this diagram a while ago, but I think it needs some refreshing and comments from the "Experts".
Blue - EqualLogic connections
Orange - ESX1 connections
Green - ESX2 connections
So how do I work out the different networks here? Remember I'm using my BASIC network understanding. Please correct where needed.
192.168.1.x for the SAN traffic.
Does each of the controllers on the SAN Array get a different IP Address?
SA1 (controller 1) = 192.168.1.1
SA2 (controller 2) = 192.168.1.2
We were told that the 'boot' traffic should be on a different ip address then the general talking traffic of the VMs. What do you guys think about this? This is why there are a pair of nics for the boot traffic (C) and the general talking traffic (D). Does this make sense?
I guess I should probably stop there and make sure i'm on the right path before proceeding.
I really appriciate the help guys! Thanks!
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