The cluster uses a single vSphere distributed switch whose design includes traffic types on the switch, the number of required NICs, jumbo frames configuration, port groups settings, and Network I/O Control 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)

  • vSphere Replication/vSphere Replication NFC

  • Uplinks (2) for ECMP

Enabled

2

9000

Table 2. Configuration Settings of the Management Port Group

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 ESXi Hosts

The management distributed switch connects to each of the port groups listed in the Management Virtual Switch Port Groups and VLANs table.

Table 3. Management Virtual Switches by Physical and Virtual NICs

vSphere Distributed Switch

vmnic

Function

sfo01-m01-vds01

0

Uplink

sfo01-m01-vds01

1

Uplink

Note:

The following VLANs are 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

1, 2

1611

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-vmotion

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1612

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-vsan

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1613

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-uplink01

Route based on originating virtual port

1

2711

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-uplink02

Route based on originating virtual port

2

2712

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-nfs

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1615

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo01-m01-vds01-replication

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1616

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-management

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1621

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-vmotion

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1622

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-vsan

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1623

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-uplink01

Route based on originating port

1

2721

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-uplink02

Route based on originating port

2

2722

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-nfs

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1625

sfo01-m01-vds01

sfo02-m01-vds01-replication

Route based on physical NIC load

1, 2

1626

sfo01-m01-vds01

Auto Generated (NSX VTEP)

Route based on SRC-ID

1, 2

1614

Table 5. Management VMkernel Adapters

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

Replication

sfo01-m01-vds01-replication

vSphere Replication traffic

vSphere Replication NFC traffic

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

Management

sfo02-m01-vds01-management

Management Traffic

1500 (Default)

sfo01-m01-vds01

vMotion

sfo02-m01-vds01-vmotion

vMotion Traffic

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

vSAN

sfo02-m01-vds01-vsan

vSAN

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

NFS

sfo02-m01-vds01-nfs

-

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

Replication

sfo02-m01-vds01-replication

vSphere Replication traffic vSphere Replication NFC traffic

9000

sfo01-m01-vds01

VTEP

Auto-generated (NSX VTEP)

-

9000

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