I have a Dell R610 server running VMWare 4.1 with all internal storage. I am also running Lab Manager which allows me to create and setup systems for training purposes which I move from location to location for training. The server has 2 x 4GB NICs and I am using a Dell PowerConnect 6224 switch.
I am not doing any time of VMotion. I have 3 virtual machines running (DC, VCenter and LabManager) and then each attendee gets 4 virtual machines to work with (2 Servers/ 2 Clients). Performance seems to be a bit slow and I just want to make sure I have the best possible setup. Each class has a total of 16 attendee's, so I can use all 8 ports to connect from the server to the switch if needed.
What would be the optimal setup on the ESX side within Networking as well as on the switch? I thought that ESX would automatically load balance across all NICs plugged into the switch, but I just want to be sure. The ESX Node, DC, VCenter and LabManager boxes are all running on a 172.16.x.y network and the DC is giving out IP Addresses via DHCP to the 16 users laptops when they connect. The LabManager systems are running in fenced mode and are configured, but they cannot communicate with the other systems or the host laptops for security. Each client connects to LabManager via Web Browser only.