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Jumbo Frames not working ESXi 4.1 on ML350 and HP2910al

sailingbikeruk
Occasional Contributor

Jumbo Frames not working ESXi 4.1 on ML350 and HP2910al

Ok so I have an HP ML350 G6 server connected to two HP2910al switches using iSCSI through two NC360T nics, I have followed the instructions for setting the MTU on all the vswitches and esxcfg-vswitch -l gives the following output:

 

~ # esxcfg-vswitch -l
Switch Name      Num Ports   Used Ports  Configured Ports  MTU     Uplinks
vSwitch0         128         8           128               9000    vmnic1,vmnic2

 

  PortGroup Name        VLAN ID  Used Ports  Uplinks
  Management Network    0        1           vmnic1,vmnic2
  Virtual Machines      0        4           vmnic1,vmnic2

 

Switch Name      Num Ports   Used Ports  Configured Ports  MTU     Uplinks
vSwitch1         128         5           128               9000    vmnic3,vmnic0

 

  PortGroup Name        VLAN ID  Used Ports  Uplinks
  iSCSI_1               0        1           vmnic0
  iSCSI_2               0        1           vmnic3

 

Switch Name      Num Ports   Used Ports  Configured Ports  MTU     Uplinks
vSwitch2         128         4           128               9000    vmnic4

 

  PortGroup Name        VLAN ID  Used Ports  Uplinks
  Windows iSCSI         0        1           vmnic4
  VMkernel              0        1           vmnic4

 

The HP2910 switches are both set to use an MTU of 9000, the HP "show vlans" command gives the following output:

 

ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch# show vlans

 

Status and Counters - VLAN Information

 

  Maximum VLANs to support : 256
  Primary VLAN : DEFAULT_VLAN
  Management VLAN :

 

  VLAN ID Name                 | Status     Voice Jumbo
  ------- -------------------- + ---------- ----- -----
  1       DEFAULT_VLAN         | Port-based No    Yes
  2       DataLAN              | Port-based No    No

 


ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch#

 

if I use vmkping -s 8972 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx from an ssh session to the host I get a timed out error

if I just use vmkping (without the -s switch) I get all three packets back

if I ping using the data-size switch from the 2910 I get a timed out error

if I do a straight ping I get the packet back

 

Any ideas, the switch is directly connected to this esx host.

 

many thanks

 

Update:

 

I can ping between other SAN devices from the switches using ping data-size 8792 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

 

I can ping between nics if I don't use jumbo frames i.e. vmkping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is OK, but if I use a jumbo frame it times out i.e.

vmkping -s 8792 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx times out.

 

This would suggest a problem with the nic or the vswitch setup, the nics are two HP NC360T's, have I missd something on the nics when I installed them? Is there something in the BIOS ?

 

all ideas, tips and suggestions welcome 'cause I am stuck now.

 

Ian