Assistance with basic VMWare networking
Posted on 2014-10-11
I inherited a small network and the installation of the 1st VMware host. I have a fair understanding of both VSphere and networking, but want to get this project right quickly.
Small network, 1 main subnet, (192.168.10.x\24) for production LAN, video system on (192.168.150.x\24). I have a, cisco router, 12port Cisco GB switch, 3 cisco 3550, and 2 HP procurve switches. Network design goes like this:
ISP>firewall>router>12portCisco>trunked to the 5 access layer switches9cisco&HP). I have 192.168.100.x\24 for management traffic.
The VM host will house a point of sale server with 2 nic's, 1 productionLAN (192.168.10.x\24, 1 internal for PoS terminals. These PoS terminals will be on their own subnet(192.168.40.x\24).
Now the questions: what is the best design for setting up the VM networking, and also the physical cabling to the production LAN? I have 6 physical nic's on the VM host. The Pos operating system is Server2008R2, with 2 nic's (LAN and Pos)
In the VM, I have virtual switches, 1 only for management (vSwitch0) and 1 for production(vSwitch1). Is that best practice?
Do I I need 2 port groups within vSwitch1? one for LAN and 1 for PoS?
Finally, do I only need 1 vmNic assigned to this switch? and I need that physically cabled to a trunked port on the 12port Cisco?
If not, what is the correct structure? and what would be considered best practice?
I know this is long, but thank you in advance,