This is an update to an older post and I wanted to overhaul it for the Indy VMUG... This was also another VMworld submission that didn't get the votes. See what you guys are missing out on? :)
As vSphere has progressed, my current 6, 10, and 12 NIC designs have slowly depreciated. In an effort to update these to VMware vSphere 5, I took the 2 most popular configurations of 6 and 10 NICs and updated the Visios to make them a bit more pretty. I also don't know how much longer these will be necessary as the industry moves forward with 10GbE as a standard. I also added in a few more designs as inclusion of Fiber Channel has also been requested.
The assumption of these physical NIC designs is that these hosts are going to be configured with Enterprise Plus Licensing so all the vSphere features can be used. I didn't create a bunch of different designs as before because ideally you would want to stick with a simple design that meets a bunch of criteria for most people. In addition, I have updated these configs for performing multi-pathing for iSCSI and removing the use of etherchannel configurations because those were mostly needed on standard vSwitch configurations. I would also recommend to start moving everything over to a vNetwork Distributed Switch configuration because it is the easiest way to standardize across all of your hosts. vSphere 5 implemented a better HA and failed host policy in vSphere 5 so the use of a hybrid solution is fading as well. So if you are using a standard vSwitch, please make adjustments appropriately.
They key to any design is discovering requirements. I shouldn’t have to say it because that’s really the first rule of design. That being said, I don’t think I need to talk about it any deeper. Once you have your design requirements, you need to start thinking about the rest of these components. The goal of any good design is finding a perfect balance of redundancy and performance. You need to strive for that perfect balance on redundancy and performance while keeping budgetary constraints in mind.
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