When deploying an SDDC by using VMware Cloud Foundation™, the integration of the software stack with your environment occurs at various logical (Active Directory, certificates, and VLANs) and physical (network uplinks and physical hardware) points. The Using Hosts with Multiple Physical NICs with VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x technical note provides guidelines on physical and logical network integration.

Usually, you deploy physical servers with two physical network interface cards (physical NICs). If your SDDC configuration requires three or more physical NICs per host in a workload domain with VMware NSX® Data Center for vSphere® or with VMware NSX-T® Data Center, you can use this technical note to understand the reasons for such a configuration and learn how to deploy the SDDC on top of it.

Guidance Scope

Hardware

By using VMware Cloud Foundation, you can deploy your SDDC on Dell EMC VxRail, VMware vSAN ReadyNodes, or other hardware listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide. This technical note is for vSAN ReadyNodes and hardware listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

For guidance on using multiple physical NICs on VxRail, consult your Dell EMC team.

Software-Defined Networking

This tech note is applicable to virtual infrastructure workload domains with NSX for vSphere and NSX-T.

Prerequisites

You must have an instance of one of the following VMware Cloud Foundation versions deployed in at least one region:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9.1
  • VMware Cloud Foundation 3.10

See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

Intended Audience

Using Hosts with Multiple Physical NICs with VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x is intended for consultants and architects who have solid understanding of VMware Validated Design™ for building and managing an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity and scalability.

Required VMware Software

Using Hosts with Multiple Physical NICs with VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x is compliant with certain product versions according to the version of VMware Cloud Foundation. See VMware Cloud Foundation Release Notes for more information about supported product versions. See VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

Update History

Using Hosts with Multiple Physical NICs with VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x is updated with software releases or when necessary.

Revision

Description

21 AUG 2020 Improved wording to promote a more inclusive culture in accordance with VMware values.
16 JUN 2020 You can apply this technical note only for specific VMware Cloud Foundation versions. See Prerequisites.

09 MAR 2020

You can deploy multi-switch configurations in workload domains on hosts with multiple physical NICs. See API Examples for NSX-T.

14 JAN 2020

Initial release.