Cloud Lab-17:How to Build a vSphere Environment – “Basic Network Configuration”

Just for quick recall, we have started building our cloud environment, this is what we have covered so far in “How to Build a vSphere Environment”.


In this Lab we will perform following tasks

  1. Basic Network Layout
  2. VMKernal (ISCSI) PortGroup Configuration. 

1-Basic Network Layout

In My Server I have three NIC and following are the basic layout, which I am going to configure in my LAB.

  • Vmnic0 (Bound to Physical NiC1) -> Management network (vSwitch)
  • Vmnic1 (Bound to Physical NiC2)->Cloud External Network (DVS)
  • Vmnic2 (Bound to Physical NiC3)-> ISCSI/NFS (vSwitch)

 “Vmnic0” is already configured at management NIC.

2-VMKernal (ISCSI) PortGroup Configuration

Now I am going to create a vKernel Port for “ISCSI Binding”

In selected host-> manage->networking -> virtual switch-> Click on “+” glob sign


Select “Vmkernel” Network adapter-> Click “Next”


Select a target device option, I already have a free “vSwitch0″ Port group. Which I am going to use it. If you don’t have one then choose 2nd option (New Standard Switch) 


Define your network traffic label and assign a “VLAN ID”,  in my case I don’t have any VLAN so leave it as default.


Configure IP address for “vmkernel (ISCSI)” port group Traffic.


Review your define settings- > Click “Finish”


In virtual switches -> vSwitch0 (See we don’t have any physical adapter associated to this vSwitch), in your environment if you have attached one then skip this step. 


Select vSwitch0->Click on Network with Tool Sign button


To assign, Click on “+“ sign to add a physical adapter.


In my case, I am choosing “vmnic2″ for ISCSI traffic-> Click “Ok”


Now we assigned an Adapter to “vSwitch0”-> Click “Ok”


As you can see in below pics we have a physical adapter against “vSwitch0″


Following are the physical adapter’s layout of the host from “Web Client”


Following are the physical adapter’s layout of the host from “Classic Client”


In next post , i am going to use this network configuration to configure ISCSI Storage.


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