VMware ESXi network trunking best practice scenario for iSCSI & NAS ?
Posted on 2016-11-12
I'm trying to build my existing branch office infrastructure with limited hardware possible due to budget restrictions, so I'd like to know what is best way to approach this limitation for my scenario:
I need to deploy several VMs in one ESXi host that is using HP DL 360 rack server with iSCSI network & QNAP TVS-471 NAS device.
VMs to be deployed:
Active Directory (DNS and DHCP)
SQL Server 2014 Standard
VCenter Server appliance
SharePoint Server 2013
The thing that I'd like to know is which Network should I configure for trunking given that the HP DL 360 G7 have 4x NICs and QNAP TVS-471 have 4 NICs port as well.
My initial setup would be:
HP DL360 Server ---> HP Procurve Switch 1810-J9660A --> QNAP TVS-471
pNIC1 - Production data network & vMotion network
pNIC2 - iSCSI network 2
pNIC3 - iSCSI network 3
pNIC4 - NFS network (For File server VM - VMFS data store)
The LUN presented to the ESXi as VMFS datastore are all using RAID1 - SATA2 7200 rpm HDD
iSCSI is dedicated for the rest of the VMs and for the resource intensive process so that it does not impacting the file server access for the office users.
Which one shall I trunk or combine with the network or does the above deployment is correct ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.