Switching for Vsphere

Hi,

I need a bit of information on the best way to get my switching setup in this scenerio.  I have only 6 nic cards total but the zones I need are:

vmotion
storage
fault tolerance
DMZ
Trust

With this said, does anyone have any good ways to set this up?

Thanks,

Jackson
Jack_son_Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you have experience of VLANs?

do you use VLANs?

Do you want any resilience for your networks e.g. teaming?

with only 6 nics, it's limited what you can do, with teaming, and the networks you require.
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gfbarronCommented:
You could:

Setup a trunk to all 6 cards
Then add VLANS for each of the networks you are looking to add
Ensure its routing based on IP hash

Then when creating a machine, just add the adapter for each network.
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gfbarronCommented:
Sorry forgot to add, use a LAG/Ether-channel for the trunk ports.
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
I do have vlan experience and can use them.  I would like resilience as possible with the hardware that is here now.  Can improve later with more nic's.  As far as the networks, I really only require:  DMZ and Trust at this point.  Then also want vmotion, FT and storage.

As far as setting up a trunk do this in the physical switch I can do this in the physical switch, should I do the vlan's there or in the virtual switches, I think both would be necessary?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you could split, either

3 x 2 Pairs (teamed and trunked)

or

2 Ports - Trunked and VLAN
4 Ports - Trunked and VLAN
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
Okay so team and trunk 3 in 2 pairs; then vlan in the vswitch or possibly need both;
Run a vlan for each zone
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gfbarronCommented:
Thats correct,

You would need to define on both as per regular VLAN configuration.

Just depends on whether you are using them or not.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that's correct, VLAN then for each network portgroup.
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gfbarronCommented:
Exactly,

When adding a port to the Vswitch, Specify the VLAN it is on.
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gfbarronCommented:
Since hanccocka seems to be actively helping you, Ill leave it to him.

Have a good one, good luck.
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
thanks; also where do i enable jumbo frames for this; thanks again
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
Thanks,  Also does the vlan id in the virtual switch have to match the vlan configuration in the physical switch?
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