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How do I configure ESXi network ports, trucks etc...

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Hello Experts

I have a new ESXi and this is my first installation (newbie alert).

I want advice on how to configure my network properly to allow the guests to access all of my vlans.

I have cisco switches and 6 interfaces in my esx server.

I only have local storage and a single server so I will not be using vmotion and the other fancy features just yet... that's not to sayu I won't in the future...

I'm looking for advice on how to configure the switch ports and also the vswitch in esxi.


I hope you can help (I'm sure you can...)
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za_mkhIT Manager

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And another link from our good friend Scott Lowe :
http://blog.scottlowe.org/2006/12/04/esx-server-nic-teaming-and-vlan-trunking/
 

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Sorry for the lateness.... I'm going to try this out now and will get back to you guys tomorrow. And thanks for the fast responses!

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All sorted.

We created a trunk with my server and client valns defined and a native vlan of 4094.

I then created a new Vswitch containing the NIC's connected to the trunked ports. Leaving the first Vswitch to handle the management network only.

On the new Vswitch I set the load balancing in NIC teaming to "route based on IP hash" as advised. I then created the port groups to identify my VLANs. On the general tab of the port group properties I aassigned my number to the VLANID (Optional) field and set the load balancing on the NIC teaming tab to "route based on the original virtual port ID" as advised.

I then set the IP's on my guests and moved them over to the new port groups. Ping ping ping... Happy days.


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