OK, I'm more of a software guy and I inherited this VMWare setup, so please be gentle.
I have 2 ESXi 4.1 hosts here at my office. Dell PE R710. Each has an additional 4 port Broadcom NIC for a total of 8 ports each.
The outside firm plugged just 1 cable from each host to the switch. I plugged in a few more and I see them working in the vsphere client.
I see a vSwitch0 was setup with all 8 nics. I'm pretty familiar with nic teaming and how I would do this on the vmware side as well as the switch side.
Question is - what should I do? Connect all 8 ports from host to switch, then setup an etherchannel on the switch? Will this get me faster bandwidth from host to host?
Or should I take 4 ports from the host and create an etherchannel, then take the other 4 ports and create a 2nd etherchannel?
Or just plug all 8 into my switch and call it a day?