I'm using a blade center integrated switch that only offers one NIC to each blade, so I guess you can think of it the same way as a physical server with only one physical NIC - one VMNIC essentially.
The server guys want to have vnics for iSCSI, Data traffic, Vmotion, and backup for EACH blade. It makes sense to trunk from the external Cisco switch to the Integrated bladeswitch, from the bladeswitch to the vswitch, and then from the vswitch down to each particular blade, but the network configuration within vmware is still confusing.
From reading the design guide for VMWare at cisco.com/go/srnd, it sounds like I need "Virtual Guest Tagging," which doesn't seem to be a best practice for VM performance. Regardless of performance, is that correct?
If this is the case, I'm still confused on how to properly setup the vswitch, port group, and VMKernel and Service Console Ports.
Can anyone break this design down for me?