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Best Practice connecting VmWare ESX with a Channel

Hello

which methode (fix,pagp or lacp) should I use with an ESX server and what other interesting point should I care about it?

The customer would like to connect the ESX Server to a WS-4006 Chassis with WS-X4013 supervisor.

many thanks for any input

Oliver

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Re: Best Practice connecting VmWare ESX with a Channel

Few server MFG's support PAGP, so you'll probably end up using LACP, which is fine (that's what we use). It's a straight forward setup.

interface Port-channel11

description ESX_Server 2

switchport

switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q

switchport trunk allowed vlan 402,403,541-544

switchport mode trunk

switchport nonegotiate

no ip address

end

HTH and please rate.

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Re: Best Practice connecting VmWare ESX with a Channel

Same as above, but we could not get LACP to work (ESX 3.0.1) and went with 802.3ad on.

We put the int in the channel-group using the following command:

channel-group 1 mode on

Works like a charm for us, but doesn't give you the nice stuff that LACP does.

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Re: Best Practice connecting VmWare ESX with a Channel

Hi,

LACP is not supported:

"That switch or set of stacked switches must be 802.3ad-compliant and configured to use that link-aggregation standard in static mode (that is, with no LACP)."

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf

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