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I have 3 hosts connected to a NETAPP SAN over 10G NFS.
And my backup server has also a 10G connection to the SAN network.
The backup software is backup exec 2014.
Can you show me how to configure the 10G nic to reach my esxi servers and the vcenter ?
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Hi,
I have two switches from CISCO Nexus 3500 models.
Both switches are connected and configured also for Port Channel Groups.
The SAN Netwotk is 192.168.40.0
The 10G nics from the backup server are not configured.
Do I have to give them just an IP in this network ?

Jumbo Frames not yet configured.
Once you get the channels setup, use this process.

Make sure your nic drivers are installed and web access is working. Put all servers, san and switches in the same IP scheme.. 192.168.1.x and make sure they ping back and forth to each other.

Make sure the San is setup for access from the Back Exec media server. In Backup Exec, go to Storage, Configure Storage, Disk based storage and add the San. Go into Details in Backup Exec on the SAN and set the number of jobs you want to be able to run at one time.

When those steps have been completed, you should be able to backup the SAN.
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ok let me check this.

Jumbo frames are mandatory ?
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Now I have created a NIC team with both 2 nics and with protocol LACP.
On my Cisco Nexus switches the port channel groups are configured.
Is this enough for LACP ?
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the Server is a DEL R720xd
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I have created a NIC team for LACP with two NICS each 10Gpbs.
From the server I can ping now all my hosts.
But in Backup Exec I cannot see the NIC team.
Maybe I have to reboot the server ?
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If the team exists in the WIndows OS, you should not have to reboot the server.

What are you trying to backup with Backup Exec ?
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The NIC Team is now visible also in the GUI of BACKUPEXEC.
I try now to use the NIC TEAM for my VMWARE Backups....
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The NIC Team from my backup Server is working now.
I can connect to my esxi hosts and backup the VM´s.
But I cannot do this over my VCENTER, how to do this ?
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Can you expand on this:-

But I cannot do this over my VCENTER, how to do this ?
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I want to connect over my vcenter to the SAN stack.
Do I have to create just a second leg to it via a second nic on the vcenter vm?
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ok I see , so I create a second nic from the vcenter to the SAN.
But for the SAN I just have 2 nics which are used in my NFS vswitch and with vmotion included.

So in this case I just can add a VM Port Group on the NFS switch right ?
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cool, let me check this and I come back with the result...
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ok now I have created a new VM PORT GROUP on the NFS vswitch where the 10G nics are connected.
On the vcenter I have created a second NIC and I have set an IP address to it.
The IP address is in the same network like the SAN.

From the backup server I can ping all hosts and NETAPP Controllers.
But I cannot ping the new vcenter IP address.

From the vcenter I can ping all devices in the SAN network.

What I have made wrong ?
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firewall enabled ?
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no firewall enabled.
Now the PING works, after reset the new NIC.

But now I cannot connect from BACKUPEXEC to my VCENTER via the new NIC.
I tried different user account. So I cannot add the VCENTER over the new NIC.

What else is wrong ?
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Can you ping all servers, and there is communication ?
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from backup server I can ping all esxi hosts and my vcenter over the 10G nics
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But Backup Exec cannot connect to vCenter Server ?
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the backup server can ping the vcenter , on ip 192.168.40.11.
But when I want to connect from BACKUPEXEC with a new job to 192.168.40.11 then it will not work.
Strange.
But we cannot solve it quickly then I close this ticket and open a new one.
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I think a new Question in the Backup Topic Area, would get more exposure from Backup Exec users.

Your networking seems to be correct.
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ok thanks
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