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Hi Guys i have a new dell r620 which contains
2 dual port 10GB adapter cards
1 quad port 1GB adapter

10 GB equallogic SAN iscsi
esxi 5.1 (enterprise )

need to manage ;

vmotion/management networks
Iscsi
Local LAN network
DMZ network

Please let me know what your thoughts of the best way on setting this up with what i have

Thanks !
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What NICs do you have on your other ESXi servers?

How many other ESXi servers do you have?

Does the new server have any NIC's on the MB?  If not, right of the bat I would get a second NIC with at least two 1 Gb ports.
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iv got 4 brand new servers to set up and they all have the same hardware.

1 intel i350 quadport (onboard) these are 1GB
2 BCM57810 10GB adapters
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What SAN do you have an can it take advantage of 10GB iSCSI

otherwise,

virtual machine network or iSCSI for 10GB

Management Network and vMotion - 1GBe

do you use VLANs?

you could use 10GBe in a trunked VLAN?
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When back and re-read your specs:

I agree with hanccocka, to get more specific, my idea would be to make use of all ports would be to (using VLAN's of course):

VLAN#1 - iSCIS - NIC TEAM 10 Gb CARD1PORT1 with 10 Gb CARD2PORT1  (JUMBO Frames of course)

VLAN#2 - VM Network  - NIC TEAM 10 Gb CARD1PORT2with 10 Gb CARD2PORT2

VLAN#3/4 - VMotion/MGMT - TRUNK and  NIC TEAM 1Gb CARD1PORT1 with 1Gbps CARD1PORT3

VLAN#5 - DMZ - NICTEAM 1Gb CARD1PORT2 with 1Gbps CARD1PORT4

If you don't really care about using all ports, you could:

VLAN#1 - iSCIS - NIC TEAM 10 Gb CARD1PORT1 with 10 Gb CARD2PORT1

VLAN#2/3/4 - VM Network/VMotion/MGMT  - NIC TEAM and TRUNK 10 Gb CARD1PORT2 with 10 Gb CARD2PORT2

VLAN#5 - DMZ - NICTEAM 1Gb CARD1PORT2 with 1Gbps CARD1PORT4


The DMZ should be on its own NIC's assuming you have that traffic isolated as much as possible physically.

iSCSI should be physically isolated as much as possible.

Unless your VMNetwork is really pushing 10Gbps to its limit, you can really share the same interfaces for the VM network, mgmt, and VMotion.
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yes my san is 10GB, its an equallogic 6110 iscsi and yes we do use vlans
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I would use ALL 10GBe NICs and use the 1GBe for Management Only.
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thanks, for the DMZ i was going to trunk it on the same cards as vm_network. The networking guys  have created 2 diff vlans on the physical switches for them.

or is it really best practice to keep DMZ on its own NIC ???
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That very much depends on your Security Policy.

Some organisation do not even allow VLANs.

and some organisation would much rather isolate the DMZ traffic on it's own physical network.

If DMZ traffic in your organisation is already VLANed, I so no reason why not also to present that Tagged VLAN to your trunk, to keep the same configuration.

If you have a physical network to support your VLAN, keep it on it's own nic, and label accordingly.
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