Physical Switch to Virtual Switch settings

I have my new cluster up and running and was thinking if there was some settings I should change on my ports on the Physical force 10 switch for performance reasons. Right now the ports are set as edge ports so do they need to be made into trunk port?
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Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
Is edge/trunk is referring to Untagged/tagged vlans? If so by changing to trunk and defining vlans, you can then present different vlans to different virtual machines. While this type of setup can have performance impacts, changing the switch settings on their own won't have any performance change but it could lose you connectivity if you aren't careful.
Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
What network are you referring to exactly? Client Access or iSCSI (I assume this is ISCSI)? If the Force 10 switches are ISCSI then you don't need to trunk. They should be all access ports (assuming the switch(es) is/are isolated from the rest of the client access network), and you should be multipathing from your hypervisor hosts to the SAN.

If you are referring to the client access side and you have multiple unlinks from the hosts to the rest of the network you should consider creating a LAG from your host ports to the Force 10 switch(es) for maximum throughput.


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Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
They are for client access. So your suggestion would be LAG all the ports together on the servers and the Force 10 and make one virtual switch that would have  a three Gig throughout? All servers are on the same vlan so no need to do vlan tagging.
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:

Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
Ok I am attempting that now, force 10 switch is telling me that the port is not in default mode. I am looking though the documentation to correct this.
Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
That worked great, much better then my previous method of having three virtual switches and managing what was connected to each.
Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Glad it worked for you.

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