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”.

LAB-17 TASKS

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

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

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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) 

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

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

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Review your define settings- > Click “Finish”

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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. 

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Select vSwitch0->Click on Network with Tool Sign button

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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