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How to implement VLAN in ESXi 4.1

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Hi,
I have a ESXi server connected to network in IP Address Range 192.168.0.x Range.
I also have VMs running on this ESXi.
I wanted to implement VLAN on this ESXi with a different IP Range and have connection with the physical network.

Pls help
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The first configuration change is you need to ensure your physical switch supports VLANs.

Then configure the network ports that are currently connected to the ESX server, are TRUNKED in the Physical switch, and you configure the trunked ports, and allow and Tag the VLANs you require in the physical switch.

One ESX

When adding a new VIrtual Network Portgroup, specify the VLAN Number, that matches the VLAN in the trunk

Have a look here

Pages 13 - 73 Discuss Networking in Detail, iuncluding trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf

Virtual Networking
http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/virtual-networking/virtual-networks.html

Virtual Networking Concepts
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_LAN

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// The first configuration change is you need to ensure your physical switch supports VLANs.
How to confirm this ?

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What is you Switch and does it siupport VLAN 802.11q Tagging?

Check the specications?
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This iam not aware of. Any other way to check this ?
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What is your switch? I'll try and check, we may know.
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Cisco 3560G Series
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Yes, that's a Layer 3 Switch, and supports VLANs.
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Can you pls let me know where to start. What is VLAN, and how it is implemented.
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I refer you to the document in my first post, and then we can discuss configuration of the physical switch.

Do you know Cisco IOS?

Do you know how to program a Cisco Switch?
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Do we need to configure physical switch as well ? Without configuring physical switch cant we proceed ? because we are unaware of Cisco switch programmiing.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 250 total points
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Yes, both the physical switch must be configured/programmed using Cisco IOS, and changes made to ESXi switches.
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