Best Practices - VMware ESX 4.0 in a Cisco Environment?

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Feb 18th, 2010


I'm presently designing a VMware ESX 4.0 deployment and integrating it with our Cisco environment.  I've found the following document: "VMware Infrastructure 3 in a Cisco Network Environment" and I was just wondering if there was a newer document applicable to ESX 4.x or if these best practices still applied?

I'm particularly interested in proper vlan design for the various port-groups with in ESX and etherchannel configuration between ESX hosts and Cisco switches.



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yinrong.qian Wed, 07/13/2011 - 08:16


This is a very good thread. I have same question. Any clue so far yet?



Steven.langdale_2 Thu, 07/21/2011 - 01:36

Well, in that this is a Storage group, I'll answer froma storage noetworking point of view.

ESX hosts are no different to any other host,  Just stick with the standard best practice of single initiator zoning and you'll be fine.

As a slight aside, from an array point of view, I've tended to configure all the pWWN's of the whole cluster into one "host" definition, as this makes LUN mapping easier.



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