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If I will have to think about performance and security regarding :

- VM Network : Host to Host Communication including VMHA, and Host to Vcenter communication
- Vmtion traffic
- Storage traffic


Having 2 x10GB physical Nics,  will this allow us to separate traffic for security and performance purposes? if so , please explain how to separate traffic and which traffic should never go the same way with other traffic?

I have also heard of system traffic and user traffic.
if I understand System traffic is the same traffic I indicated above, however user traffic is the way workstations get into the VMs, the only way I know is through the Network switch that connects to the SAN….I could be wrong. Please explain




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You will need to separate using VLANs, so create a trunk network using your two 2 x10GB physical Nics, and then have different VLANs for vMotion, Management Network, and Virtual Machines.

But you will need a switch capable of VLANs.

User Traffic is known as Virtual Machine Network Traffic.

System Traffic - Management Network, vMotion, iSCSI storage

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.1Q
Sample configuration of virtual switch VLAN tagging (VST Mode)

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004074

http://blog.scottlowe.org/2006/04/17/vlans-and-port-groups/

How to Setup VLANs

http://www.vladan.fr/great-kb-on-how-to-configure-vlans-on-vswitches-pswitches-and-vms/

VMware ESX Server 3: 802.1Q VLAN Solutions

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_vlan_wp.pdf

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004127

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004074

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004252
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I see…
So, for instance , I can create vmkernel for vmtion and another vmkernel for VMHA and assign them to the same physical NIC (10GB), but to 2 different Vlans ...
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That's correct, but you will have to ensure you configure and build you network design correctly.
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<<User Traffic is known as Virtual Machine Network Traffic.>>

is it how VMs talk to each other
OR how ESX hosts talk to VMs and vice-versa
OR how physical workstations in the office talk to VMs and back
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All of the above, is correct, via Virtual Machine network.
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<<which traffic should never go the same way with other traffic?>>
if we consider the following types of traffic:
- Management Network : Host to Host Communication including VMHA, and Host to Vcenter communication
-VM Network
- Vmotion traffic
- Storage traffic
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I also am not sure if the communication between Vcenter and VMs is part  VM Network or Management Network
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It's Best Practice and Recommended, to make sure the following traffic is isolated if possible.

But you DO NOT need to follow these recommendations, it's up to your network design and implementation.

Management Network

VM Network

Vmotion traffic

Storage traffic

Management and VM Network traffic could be on the same network, or you could have a special Management Network for all devices.

vCenter Traffic, is part of VM Network, which could also be Management Network.,

e.g. vCenter Server needs to commnicate with ESXi on the Management Network.

But your management network could also be your Server Network (VM Network)
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Thank you!
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