Server Physical NIC layout best practice with 1000V

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Aug 6th, 2010
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I have several Dell 710 servers with 2 10Gb Intel NICs (pNIC 4,5) and a single QuadGE card (pNIC 0-3) in each.

pNIC 4/5 I channel-group with trunking the 2 - 10Gb as Active/Active to two Nexus 5010s for the Virtual Ethernet Module (VEM) for the VMs.

pNIC 0/3 1000BaseT Copper I plan to channel-group with trunking (switchport mode trunk) for the Hypervisor/Console

pNIC 1/2 1000BaseT Copper I plan to channel-group without trunking (switch access vlan) to a seperate 3750 iSCSI network, nothing but iSCSI on this NIC.

On which pNIC would you stick vMotion and other stuff? Seems others (the new 1000V Whitepaper) are saying on the 10Gb using the 1000V VEM QoS in port-profiles to rate limit vMotion traffic.

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