The management cluster uses a single vSphere Distributed Switch with the following configuration settings.

Table 1. Virtual Switch for the Management Cluster

vSphere Distributed Switch Name

Function

Network I/O Control

Number of Physical NIC Ports

MTU

vDS-Mgmt

  • ESXi Management

  • Network IP Storage (NFS)

  • vSAN

  • vSphere vMotion

  • VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP)

  • vSphere Replication/vSphere Replication NFC

  • Uplinks (2) to enable ECMP

  • External management connectivity

Enabled

2

9000

Table 2. vDS-MgmtPort Group Configuration Settings

Parameter

Setting

Failover detection

Link status only

Notify switches

Enabled

Failback

Yes

Failover order

Active uplinks: Uplink1, Uplink2

Figure 1. Network Switch Design for Management Hosts


The vDS Management connects to each of the portgroups listed in the Management Virtual Switch Port Groups and VLANs table.

This section expands on the logical network design by providing details on the physical NIC layout and physical network attributes.

Table 3. Management Virtual Switches by Physical/Virtual NIC

vSphere Distributed Switch

vmnic

Function

vDS-Mgmt

0

Uplink

vDS-Mgmt

1

Uplink

Note:

The following VLANs are meant as samples. Your actual implementation depends on your environment.

Table 4. Management Virtual Switch Port Groups and VLANs

vSphere Distributed Switch

Port Group Name

Teaming Policy

Active Uplinks

VLAN ID

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-Management

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1611

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-vMotion

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1612

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-VSAN

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1613

vDS-Mgmt

Auto Generated (NSX VTEP)

Route based on SRC-ID

0, 1

1614

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-Uplink01

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

2711

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-Uplink02

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

2712

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-NFS

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1615

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-VR

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1616

vDS-Mgmt

vDS-Mgmt-Ext-Management

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

130

Table 5. Management VMkernel Adapter

vSphere Distributed Switch

Network Label

Connected Port Group

Enabled Services

MTU

vDS-Mgmt

Management

vDS-Mgmt-Management

Management Traffic

1500 (Default)

vDS-Mgmt

vMotion

vDS-Mgmt-vMotion

vMotion Traffic

9000

vDS-Mgmt

vSAN

vDS-Mgmt-VSAN

vSAN

9000

vDS-Mgmt

NFS

vDS-Mgmt-NFS

-

9000

vDS-Mgmt

Replication

vDS-Mgmt-VR

vSphere Replication traffic

vSphere Replication NFC traffic

9000

vDS-Mgmt

VTEP

Auto Generated (NSX VTEP)

-

9000

For more information on the physical network design specifications, see Physical Networking Design.