Question on ESXi VLAN Networking
Posted on 2011-04-21
We have a Dell M1000e enclosure housing several M710 blades, that we are in the process of setting up vSphere ESXi 4.1 upon.
We have created Etherchannel trunks that go from our core switch (Cisco 4500) to the blade switch (Cisco 3130G), and can ping the maintenance ports and the VMotion ports (VLAN IDs 50 and 60 respectfully). However we can not reach a test server we have bulit on the first ESXi host, which had an IP address on the 192.168.0.0/23 subnet (VLAN ID 1) like the rest of the network..
It is our understanding that the VLAN ID 1 is dropped if it is our Native VLAN ID, which is what we originally had tried to use for the VM Network so It was moved to VLAN 10 and we find now can ping it from the blade switch, so that looks to be the first step in establishing communications. However how would we go about not causing ourselves a lot of pain attempting to bring the rest of existing network onboard with this change? Are we missing something very basic here that we are overlooking?
Thanks in advance!