After you add all ESXi hosts in the workload domain to the cluster, you can create the vSphere Distributed Switch for the system traffic. This switch handles traffic until you migrate the hosts to the N-VDS instance for the cluster.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in by 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. From the Home menu, select Networking.
    2. In the inventory tree, expand the sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    3. Right-click the sfo01-w02dc data center and select Distributed Switch > New Distributed Switch.
      The New Distributed Switch wizard appears.
    4. On the Name and location page, enter sfo01-w02-vds01 as the name and click Next.
    5. On the Select version page, verify that the Distributed switch version: 6.6.0 radio button is selected and click Next.
    6. On the Configure 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

    7. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration and click Finish.
  3. Enable jumbo frames on the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Right-click the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch and select Settings > Edit Settings.
    2. On the Advanced tab, enter 9000 as MTU (Bytes) value and click OK.
  4. Create the port groups for the system traffic on the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Right-click the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch, and select Distributed Port Group > New Distributed Port Group
    2. Create the sfo01-w02-vds01-management port group with the following settings and click Next.

      Port Group Name

      Port Binding

      Port Allocation

      Number of Ports

      VLAN Type

      VLAN ID

      sfo01-w02-vds01-management

      Ephemeral

      Elastic

      8

      VLAN

      1641

      sfo01-w02-vds01-vmotion

      Ephemeral

      Elastic

      8

      VLAN

      1642

      sfo01-w02-vds01-vsan

      Ephemeral

      Elastic

      8

      VLAN

      1643

      sfo01-w02-vds01-nfs

      Ephemeral

      Elastic

      8

      VLAN

      1625

    3. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration and click Finish.
    4. Repeat this step for the other port groups.
  5. Connect the sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local ESXi host to the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Right-click the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch, and select Add and Manage Hosts.
      The Add and Manage Hosts wizard appears.
    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 sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local, click OK, and click Next.
    5. On the Manage physical network adapters page, click vmnic1, and click Assign uplink.
    6. In the Select an Uplink for vmnic1 dialog box, select Uplink2 and click OK.
    7. On the Manage physical network adapters page, click Next.
  6. Configure the VMkernel network adapters.
    1. On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click vmk0 and click Assign port group.
    2. Select sfo01-w02-vds01-management and click OK.
    3. On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click Next.
    4. On the Migrate VM Networking page, click Next.
    5. On the Analyze impact page, click Next.
    6. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  7. Create additional VMkernel network adapters.
    1. From the Home menu, select Hosts and Clusters.
    2. In the inventory tree, expand the sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree
    3. Select the sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local host.
    4. On the Configure tab, click VMkernel adapters.
    5. Click the Add Networking button and select VMKernel Network Adapter and click Next.
    6. On the Select target device page, click Select an existing network, select the sfo01-w02-vds01-vmotion port group, click OK, and click Next.
    7. On the Port properties page, select vMotion from the TCP/IP stack drop-down menu and click Next.
    8. On the IPv4 settings page, configure the following settings and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Use static IPv4 settings Selected
      IPv4 address 172.16.42.101
      Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    9. Click Finish.
  8. Configure the vMotion TCP/IP stack.
    1. Under Networking , click TCP/IP configuration.
    2. Select vMotion and click the Edit icon.
    3. On the Routing page, enter 172.16.42.253 for the VMkernel gateway, and click OK.
  9. Migrate the last physical adapter from the standard switch to the sfo01-w02-vds01 distributed switch.
    1. Select sfo01w02esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local ESXi host.
    2. On the Configure tab, click Virtual Switches and expand vSwitch0.
    3. From the ellipsis menu, select Remove and click Yes in the Remove Standard Switch warning dialog box.
    4. Expand sfo01-w02-vds01 and click Manage Physical Adapters.
    5. In the Uplink ports pane, click the Add button, select vmnic0, click OK, and click OK again.