I am trying to configure a trunk so that I can use multiple subnets on my ESX Host. I am having some issues getting it to work and the biggest issue is that while configurring it, I don't really know how to test my setup to try and find the problem. The basic instructions I followed from here:
are below .... (I don't need crossover cable like switch to switch trunk for this do I?)
The following sample is a supported Cisco Trunk Port configuration:
switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q
switchport trunk allowed vlan all
switchport mode trunk
spanning-tree portfast trunk
To assign a VLAN to a port group, there has to be a corresponding VLAN interface for each VLAN on a physical switch with a designated IP range.
ip address 192.168.3.1 255.255.255.0
To configure VLAN on the portgroup within the Virtual Infrastructure Client:
1. Highlight the ESX host.
2. Click the Configuration tab.
3. Click the Networking link.
4. Click Properties.
5. Highlight the virtual switch in the Ports tab and click Edit.
6. Click the General tab.
7. Assign a VLAN number in VLAN ID (optional).
8. Click the NIC Teaming tab.
9. From the Load Balancing dropdown, choose Route based on originating virtual port ID.
10. Verify that there is at least one network adapter listed underActive Adapters.
This doesn't work becasue the trunk never gets established ...
11. Verify VST configuration by utilizing the ping command to confirm connection between ESX host and gateway interfaces and other host on the same VLAN.
basically when done, I just lose connectivity and not sure how to troubleshoot.