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Hi,
I hope someone can advice on this as I am at a loss with this.
I have installed ESX4.1 onto 3 blades (IBM HS21) and Windows onto another 2 Blade (also HS21) inside an IBM E Class Chassis.
The are all part of a flat network, and no VLan was configured (yet).

I can ping the Windows blades from another PC and also ping the blades internally between each other.
I cannot ping the ESX blades, they can also not ping anything else or each other.

I read various articles about setting up untagged ports and also trying a vlan that not used as a PVID and tagging the vswitch. I tried this but still cannot get any access to the ESX blades from anywhere.

Config is basically:
Switch: BNT Layer 2/3 Gbe Switch Module (GbESM) for IBM BladeCenter
Firmware: 1.5.16.0

INT Port 1-14 VLan 1 (default) - Tagging Enabled - PVID Tagging Disabled
ESX 4.1 on HS21 Blades
The port config are all default as above.

Can someone please help with this, even if I could get the Windows blades to connect to the ESX blades that would be a great help.

Thanks,
Mark
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by:Danny McDaniel
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from the service console, post screenshots of the following command outputs:
esxcfg-vswitch -l
esxcfg-nics -l
esxcfg-vswif -l
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by:costa73
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I have an almost identical setup. I have you tried PVID Tagging = Enabled yet?

alternatively: on the ESX side, what's the VLAN ID that you set on the virtual network? Try setting it to 1 instead of none.
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by:IrishLadLive
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Hi,
Thanks for the replies.
@danm66 I have attached the outout of the commands, the 3rd one was not working "esxcfg-vswif -l"

@costa73 could you outout teh cnofig of your switches to show how its configured, I tried with PVID tagged to 1 and also disabled (default) and also set it on the switch, but nothing seems to work.

Despertely trying to figure this out before the weekend.

Thanks
Mark

ESX-Blade.jpg
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IrishLadLive earned 0 total points
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Got it working.

Taging enabled on the Port
PVID Vlan set to 10 (unused isolated vlan)
vSwitch set to VLAN2
Put all ports on pSwitch to PVID 2 to match

All traffic now works for all VLans and defaults all ports to VLAN2 if untagged.
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by:IrishLadLive
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Various configurations seem to work for people.

This solution worked for me.
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