Trunking of NetApp to ESXi hosts via Procurve switch
Posted on 2013-01-17
I would like some help with sanity checking my networking design for a new implementation of VMWare. This design incorporates ESXi5.1, NetApp 3240 files using NFS and HP BL460c G7 blades using quad and dual port mezzanine cards to give a total of 8 NICs.
One vSwtich on VMWare will be configured with 2 NICs for the sole purpose of NFS for the presentation of NFS to the hosts.
From what I understand:
* ESXi 5.1 cannot do LACP (with and Enterprise Plus license and a distributed switch).
* The NetApp can trunk using LACP, Multimode VIFs or Single mode.
The switch we are using is a single 5406zl chassis with four 24 port modules. I'm sure you've noticed that we're rather exposed in the event of a chassis failure but this is a risk we are prepared to bear. It does have the advantantage of making trunking easier though as everything is going through one switch.
Now, my question is:
1. Do we configure the NICs on the VM host side as a standard trunk (using 'route based on IP')?
2. Should we configure these switch ports as standard trunk?
3. Do we configure the vif on the NetApp side as LACP or a multimode trunk (bearing in mind the filer can do LACP but the VMHosts can't)?
Question 3 is probably the important on here.