Small Network VMWare Setup with ISCSI SAN

I am in the process of setting up my first VMWare Datacenter with VMWare Vcenter.  I need a little help or a diagram on how to connect all of my components physically.

We have two hypervisor hosts, one with 4 NICs and one with 6 NICs.  I have a Dell 3200i SAN with dual controllers and two Dell PowerConnect 5448 switches.  

I am confused on how to setup the hosts NICs in VSphere and how to connect the devices to which host and if I need to seperate the network traffic from the ISCSI traffic by using one switch for each.

I am sure the VMWare gurus out their can explain this pretty easily for a novice user.

Thank You
pughkAsked:
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bgoeringCommented:
I would definately seperate the iSCSI traffic from other network traffic. This can be done either with seperate physical switches or by using VLANs. If it was me I would use half of the available NICs on ESXi for each type of traffic. If your hardware all supports it consider using jumbo frames on the iSCSI side for better performance.

Take a look at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3720-Simple-iSCSI-Configuration-Guide-for-VMware-ESX.html, this article has some good tips for setting up your storage.

Good Luck

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hutch_77Commented:
Just to make sure I am understanding first.  You have to VMWare server one as a primary and one as a secondary both production., just the 6 nic I would imagine will see more load?
You have the Dell switch which I believe is L3, too lazy to verify,

The way to do this is team the nics in VSphere - Hilight the host go to config > networking>properties hilight v switch and click edit > go to nic teaming and then add the nics in.  

You can do the rest 2 ways.  You can do host managed which is completely run by the server or switch which will give you best bw usage across the switch using port teaming.
If you use port teaming change load balancing to route based on IP hash.

I don't know the Powerconnect switches enough to help in the port teaming, but it is basically the same as setting up a trunk.  Port Aggregation.

At that point you would have your network config setup.

Then you need to add your ISCSI in.

You can do this over the same lan with the same IP scheme and present luns to the servers and then add them to the server.  This I found easier as management could all be done from the same lan.
wolfje_xpCommented:
You have definately have to separate iscsi traffic. You should use redundant network topology.
Use separate NICs for iSCSI traffic.
I've included a pdf with a sample setup.
vmware.pdf
pughkAuthor Commented:
Good points from everyone.  This should help me majorly with my implementation.

Thanks
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