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Nexus 1000V Design Best Practices

Hi all,

I am working on bringing up a new ESX host with the Nexus 1000V and I am trying to figure out what's the optimal way in setting this up. I understand going forward Cisco recommended using L3 mode for VSM and VEM communication. And I have some questions around design best practices.

I have 4 NIC's on the ESX host that I am working on. I've dedicate a NIC for Service Console, a NIC for vMotion and 2 NIC's (Port-channel) to carray VM data traffic. Service Console and vMotion will be on a separate VLAN. Are there any issues / concerns with this setup ? The VSM and VEM are running on this same ESX host.

Here is the VLAN assignment:

Service console - VLAN 10

vMotion - VLAN 20

vCenter server - VLAN 30

With L3 Mode for VSM and VEM communication, does the VSM Mgmt0 interface have to be in the same VLAN as vCenter server ? are there any specific requirements for this ?

Currently I have the VSM and VEM installed and I am able to get the VSM to communicate with vCenter but I am not able to see the VEM when I do the "show module" command. I have not move any pnic over to the Nexus 1000V yet. Do I need to move the pnic over for the VEM to come online ?

Thanks all !! I appreciate any inputs/suggestions !!