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HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module - basics of uplinks, trunking, load balancing, etc

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mujzeptu
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HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module - basics of uplinks, trunking, load balancing, etc

I have a c7000 blade enclosure with two HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Modules.

I have 16 blades that will run esx. I am trying to find out basics of the uplink ports. We have 16 uplink ports that we want to be all on the same network (accessible from clients on the same subnet).

The hope is we can make one blade run a large file server we have and have 4Gb of throughput. Other servers will run multiple vmware images and could only need 1Gb total.

Do I need to have the network admins create a trunk to connect to these VC modules in order to have the 4Gb throughput? Can I just plug in the 16 1Gb cables all from the same network and make VC load balance out 4 ports to give me my throughput?

The servers all have dual 10Gb NICs, but we only have 16Gbs of ethernet uplinks. Thats on paper plenty, but it needs to be distributed. Does VC do all this or being a pass-through does the trunking and such fall back on the network team and switches OUTSIDE of the blade and VC?
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Mohammed Faiz
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Re: HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module - basics of uplinks, trunking, load balancing, etc

Hi,

I'm a bit rusty on this as I don't manage the VC side of things but from the network perspective we present LACP trunks to the VCs with various VLANs for the server networks tagged across.
The trunks are then assigned to "pipes" (not sure on the terminology here) on the VCs dependant on their role. For example VLANs 100 and 101 carry client data and are assigned to the "Data pipe", VLAN 200 carrys the VMotion traffic and has it's own pipe and the same for Service Console traffic etc.
So I think one answer to your question is that you can create seperate trunks for the servers, e.g. a 4gb trunk for the file server and a 12gb trunk for everything else.
You'll also want to duplicate this on the secondary VC so that you have failover in case of a VC failure.
However, I am sure there is more than one way to do this as there is a _lot_ of functionality in the VCs and I'm not familiar with all of it.
HTH
James D. Young
Frequent Advisor

Re: HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module - basics of uplinks, trunking, load balancing, etc

We are using the CX4 10g connections and created a trunk to each ESX server with all the VLAN's.

We then use distributed switch in ESX 4.0 and create VLAN's for each subnet.

My issue now is that the Trunk is only connecting at 1gb even though i have it set to 10g, not sure why on this yet. But even with two connections we run many servers and still have no problemw with it connecting currently at 1gb on the trunk.