Esxi 5 not passing through a specific VLAN

Good day,

I have an issue that perhaps you experts can help me with.

Design:

SW2 HP Procurve 3500YL (VLAN id 4, 10, 200) ------TRUNKED------ Core SW HP Procurve 3500YL (VLAN id 4(Untagged TRK15), 10 (TAGGED TRK15), 200(TAGGED TRK15)-----Routing enabled) -------TRUNKED---------- ESXi Host

Problem:

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I have three Portgroups on the ESXI HOST with the VLAN ID for each VLANs (VLAN4, VLAN10 and VLAN200. VLAN 10 and 200 are passing through to the ESXi Host fine except VLAN 4. I believe because both VLAN 10 and 200 are TAGGED. VLAN 4 is the source of all the data for both VLANs hence i have it UNTAGGED. This might be a silly question, but here goes, is there a way that i can have VLAN 4 Tagged and Untagged? I read up about NATIVE VLAN but i am uncertain of how to configure.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
IBSITAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Why is VLAN 4 also not TAGGED?

if you do not TAG it, do you have a Default VLAN set on the Trunk as 4, so all data which is not TAGGED, e.g. on the vSwitch, leave the number blank, will automatically be in the default VLAN.

To be honest with you, it's normal to have ALL Tagged on the TRUNK.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
VLAN 4 is my native VLAN it is where I am getting all the data from. When I tag it I am not able to access the VLAN 4.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
Please check out the Table.
Core-SW-VLAN.PNG
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
how are your vSwitches defined ?

if you have all Tagged, and the correct numbers on the virtual machine portgroups, does it work ?

e.g. vLAN access ?
IBSITAuthor Commented:
I tag the VLAN4 (DATA) on the trunk port to the ESXI host (Trk15) and I assign the VLAN4 Port group id 4 and it doesn't pass through DATA. The only way is when I set it to None (0).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
what does the vSwitch config, screenshot please...
IBSITAuthor Commented:
Is this what you want?
vlan4.PNG
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you have a single nic trunk?

with a nic in standby ?

Your trunk is also a static trunk, and not LACP, which is not supported on standard vSwitches.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
here is the  vswitch 0 config on the ESXi Host I am testing with
vswitch.PNG
IBSITAuthor Commented:
Yes this is indeed a static Trunk and not LACP
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so what is different about the VLAN 4 configuration on the physical switch.

We also use, both uplinks enabled in the trunk, we do not use a single nic trunk.

there are also other options which need to be set for the trunk/teaming policy to support a HP Trunk.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
Scenario when I TAG the VLAN4 TRk15 on the Physical Switch I am not able to access the host that I am testing on. Where does it pull data from?
VLAN-Tagged.PNG
ESXi-Host-not-accessible.PNG
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if your management network is also in VLAN4, you also need to Tag the Management Network Portgroup also with 4

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IBSITAuthor Commented:
I tagged the Trk15 VLAN4 and I put the management VLAN id from 0 to 4 and I am unable to access the HOST.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
I even put the Management Network to VLAN ID (4095) and still no access
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VLAN should be 4, not 4095.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is your device in VLAN4?

if you connect a device to your switch in VLAN4 (untagged), can you ping the host in VLAN4 (tagged trunk)
IBSITAuthor Commented:
I tried changing the Management Network to (DATA VLAN ID-4) but it generates an error and reverts to the (4095)
IBSITAuthor Commented:
It only allows me to change to either None (0) or (4095)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
just type the number 4.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
when I assign 4 to the VLAN id it takes a while then it generated an error and revert me back to (4095). I restarted the HOST to see if that helped.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, that's because it cannot complete the change, because you lose contact with the host.

try it from the console.
IBSITAuthor Commented:
OK I made the change for the management network  on the HOST to VLAN4 and I tagged the Trunk on the VLAN4 and  am now able to ping the HOST from client machine,.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
very good, this is how it's supposed to be setup!
IBSITAuthor Commented:
Now I need to do the same for the rest of HOSTs? You are the MAN Mr. Hancock. Thank you very much.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, correct, repeat for all.

All the best

Andy
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