After all ESXi hosts have been added to the cluster, create a vSphere Distributed Switch.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Create a vSphere Distributed Switch for the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local control tree.
    2. Right-click the lax01-w01dc datacenter and select Distributed Switch  >  New Distributed Switch to start the New Distributed Switch wizard.
    3. On the Name and location page, enter lax01-w01-vds01 as the name, and click Next.
    4. On the Select version page, ensure the Distributed switch version - 6.5.0 radio button is selected, and click Next.
    5. On the Edit settings page, enter the following values and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Number of uplinks

      2

      Network I/O Control

      Enabled

      Create a default port group

      Deselected

    6. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  3. Edit the settings of the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Right-click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch and select Settings > Edit Settings.
    2. Click the Advanced  tab.
    3. Enter 9000 as MTU (Bytes) value and click OK.
  4. Create new port groups in the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Right-click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch, and select Distributed Port Group > New Distributed Port Group
    2. Create port groups with the following settings, and click Next.

      Port Group Name

      Port Binding

      VLAN Type

      VLAN ID

      lax01-w01-vds01-management

      Static binding

      VLAN

      1731

      lax01-w01-vds01-vmotion

      Static binding

      VLAN

      1732

      lax01-w01-vds01-vsan

      Static binding

      VLAN

      1733

      lax01-w01-vds01-nfs

      Static binding

      VLAN

      1725

      lax01-w01-vds01-uplink01

      Static binding

      VLAN

      1735

      lax01-w01-vds01-uplink02

      Static binding

      VLAN

      2721

      Note:

      You create the VXLAN port group at a later time during the configuration of NSX Manager.





    3. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
    4. Repeat this step for each port group.
  5. Change Port Groups to use the Route Based on Physical NIC load teaming algorithm.
    1. Right-click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch and select Distributed Port Groups > Manage Distributed Port Groups.
    2. Select Teaming and failover and click Next.
    3. Click the Select Distributed Port Groups button, add all port groups and click Next.
    4. Select Route based on physical NIC load under Load Balancing and click Next.
    5. Click Finish.
  6. Connect the ESXi host, lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local, to the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch by migrating its VMkernel and virtual machine network adapters.
    1. Right-click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch and click Add and Manage Hosts.
    2. On the Select task page, select Add hosts and click Next.
    3. On the Select hosts page, click New hosts.
    4. In the Select new hosts dialog box, select lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local, and click OK.
    5. On the Select hosts page, click Next.
    6. On the Select network adapter tasks page, ensure both Manage physical adapters and Manage VMkernel adapters check boxes are checked and click Next.
    7. On the Manage physical network adapters page, click vmnic1, and click Assign uplink.
    8. In the Select an Uplink for vmnic1 dialog box, select Uplink 1 and click OK.
    9. On the Manage physical network adapters page click Next.
  7. Configure the VMkernel network adapters by editing the existing adapter and adding new adapters as needed.
    1. On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click vmk0, and click Assign port group.
    2. Select lax01-w01-vds01-management and click OK.
    3. On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click On this switch and click New adapter.
    4. On the Add Networking page, select Select an existing network, browse to select the lax01-w01-vds01-nfs port group, click OK, and click Next.
    5. On the Port properties page click Next.
    6. Under IPv4 settings, select Use static IPv4 settings, enter the IP address 172.17.25.101, enter the subnet 255.255.255.0, and click Next.
    7. Click Finish.
    8. On the Analyze impact page, click Next.
    9. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  8. Create the vMotion VMkernel adapter.
    1. In the Navigator, click Host and Clusters and expand the lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Click on lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local.
    3. Click the Configure tab then select VMkernel adapters.
    4. Click the Add host networking icon and select VMkernel Network Adapter and click Next.
    5. On the Add Networking page, select Select an existing network, browse to select the lax01-w01-vds01-vmotion port group, click OK, and click Next.
    6. On the Port properties page, select vMotion from the TCP/IP Stack drop-down and click Next.
    7. Under IPv4 settings, select Use static IPv4 settings, enter the IP address 172.17.32.101, enter the subnet 255.255.255.0, and click Next.
    8. Click Finish.
  9. Configure the MTU on the vMotion VMkernel adapter.
    1. Select the vMotion VMkernel adapter created in the previous step, and click Edit Settings.
    2. Click the NIC Settings page.
    3. Enter 9000 for the MTU value and click OK.
  10. Configure the vMotion TCP/IP stack.
    1. Click TCP/IP configuration.
    2. Select vMotion and click the edit icon.
    3. Click Routing and enter 172.17.32.253 for the default gateway address, and click OK.
  11. Define Network I/O Control shares for the different traffic types on the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking, and click the lax01-w01dc datacenter.
    2. Click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch.
    3. Click the Configure tab and click Resource Allocation > System traffic.
    4. Under System Traffic, edit each of the following traffic types with the values from the table.

      Traffic Types

      Shares

      vSAN Traffic

      Low

      NFS Traffic

      Low

      vMotion Traffic

      Low

      vSphere Replication Traffic

      Low

      Management Traffic

      Normal

      vSphere Data Protection Backup Traffic

      Low

      Virtual Machine Traffic

      High

      Fault Tolerance Traffic

      Low

      iSCSI Traffic

      Low

  12. Migrate the last physical adapter from the standard switch to the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the lax01-w01dc datacenter.
    2. Right-click the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch and select Add and Manage hosts.
    3. On the Select task page, select Manage host networking and click Next.
    4. On the Select hosts page, click Attached hosts.
    5. In the Select member hosts dialog box, select lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local and click OK.
    6. On the Select hosts page, click Next.
    7. On the Select network adapter tasks page, select Manage Physical adapters only and click Next.
    8. On the Manage physical network adapters page, under lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local, select vmnic0, and click Assign uplink.
    9. In the Select an Uplink dialog box, select Uplink 2 and click OK.
    10. On the Analyze Impact page, click Next.
    11. On the Ready to complete page, click Finish.
  13. Enable vSphere Distributed Switch Health Check.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the lax01-w01dc datacenter.
    2. Select the lax01-w01-vds01 distributed switch and click the Configure tab.
    3. In the Navigator select Health check and click the Edit button.
    4. Select Enabled for VLAN and MTU and Teaming and failover and click OK.
  14. Delete the vSphere Standard Switch.
    1. In the Navigator, click on Hosts and Clusters and expand the lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Click on lax01w01esx01.lax01.rainpole.local and then click on Configure.
    3. On the Configure page select Virtual Switches.
    4. On the Virtual Switches page, select vSwitch0 and then click the Remove selected switch button.
    5. In the Remove Standard Switch dialog box, click Yes.