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

sfo01-m01-vds01

  • ESXi Management

  • Network IP Storage (NFS)

  • vSAN

  • vSphere vMotion

  • VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP)

  • 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

The following figure illustrates the network switch design.

Note:

The illustration includes the vSphere Replication VLAN. That VLAN is not needed for a single-region implementation.

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

sfo01-m01-vds01

0

Uplink

sfo01-m01-vds01

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

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-management

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1611

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-vmotion

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1612

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-vsan

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1613

sfo01-m01-vds01

Auto Generated (NSX VTEP)

Route based on SRC-ID

0, 1

1614

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-uplink01

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

2711

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-uplink02

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

2712

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-nfs

Route based on physical NIC load

0, 1

1615

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-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

sfo01-m01-vds01

Management

sfo01-m01-vds01-management

Management Traffic

1500 (Default)

sfo01-m01-vds01

vMotion

sfo01-m01-vds01-vmotion

vMotion Traffic

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

vSAN

sfo01-m01-vds01-vsan

vSAN

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

NFS

sfo01-m01-vds01-nfs

-

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

VTEP

Auto Generated (NSX VTEP)

-

9000

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