I am trying to architect my host NIC configs for an upgrade to Vsphere (from 3.5). I have 3 hosts with a total of 6 Nics each. 2 of those NIC's are Fiber HBA's for my FC fabric. That leaves 4 GigE NIC's (2 onboard and 2 PCI). I need to architect the best config (performance and fault tolerance being more important than security).
Any advice? All my servers are on the same VLAN with the exception of 1 that will need to sit in the DMZ.
I am worried that I will need 2 more NIC's....
Also, what is the difference between Fault Tolerance portgroup and VMOtion portgroup. I see in some configs they are separated. Can I cimply put the Console/FT/and VMotion on the same pNIC? That leaves the other two for VM network? What are the downsides to that?