VMware multiple vlans single standard switch

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Hello,

I have a small cluster of ESXi 5.5 machines with standard switches. Is it possible to put multiple VLANs on a single ethernet uplink for each machine?

I can see the number of cables and connections to the back of each host getting complex if I need a separate uplink cable for each VLAN I need to access.

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Yes you can... to accomplish this goal you will need to create a port group to each VLAN, assign the VLAN to port group and make sure the physical switch port are configured as trunk port (or tagged port).

To configure a VLAN on port group, see: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003825

And for sample Cisco switch configuration, see: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006628

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Thank you. I found out that the Networking group was told not to trunk my VMware uplinks by the security department.

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