The shared edge and compute cluster uses a single N-VDS with a certain configuration for handled traffic types, NIC teaming, and MTU size.

Figure 1. Virtual Switch Design for ESXi Hosts in the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster

An ESXi host in a shared edge and compute cluster is connected to separate networks for management, storage, overlay, and uplink traffic.
Table 1. Virtual Switches for the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster

N-VDS Switch Name

Function

Number of Physical NIC Ports

Teaming Policy

MTU

sfo01-w-nvds01

  • ESXi Management

  • vSphere vMotion

  • vSAN

  • NFS

  • Geneve Overlay (TEP)

  • Uplink trunking (2) for the NSX-T Edge instances

2

  • Load balance source for ESXi traffic

  • Failover order for edge VM traffic

9000

sfo01-w-uplink01

  • Uplink to enable ECMP

1

Failover order

9000

sfo01-w-uplink02

  • Uplink to enable ECMP

1

Failover order

9000

Table 2. Virtual Switches in the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster by Physical NIC

N-VDS Switch

vmnic

Function

sfo01-w-nvds01

0

Uplink

sfo01-w-nvds01

1

Uplink

Figure 2. Segment Configuration on an ESXi Host That Runs an NSX-T Edge Node

On an ESXi host in a workload domain running NSX-T, you configure one N-VDS switch. The NSX-T Edge nodes use this switch to forward traffic from the Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateways.
Table 3. Segments in the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster

N-VDS Switch

Segment Name

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-management

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-vmotion

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-vsan

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-overlay

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-uplink01

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-uplink02

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-nfs

sfo01-w02-uplink01

sfo01-w02-uplink01

sfo01-w02-uplink02

sfo01-w02-uplink02

Table 4. VMkernel Adapters for the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster

N-VDS Switch

Segment Name

Enabled Services

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-management

Management Traffic

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-vmotion

vMotion Traffic

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-vsan

vSAN

sfo01-w-nvds01

sfo01-w-nvds01-nfs

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Note:

When the NSX-T Edge appliance is on an N-VDS, it must use a different VLAN ID and subnet from the ESXi hosts overlay (TEP) VLAN ID and subnet.

ESXi host TEP VMkernel ports are automatically created when you configure an ESXi host as a transport node.