This section describes the procedures that are necessary to configure your virtual switches for the Ready Stack.
To configure the virtual switches, you need:
- A web browser with Adobe Flash (required for the vSphere Web Client)
- VLAN assignments mapped to virtual switches
Configure management servers’ virtual switches
To configure virtual switches on each of the management servers:
- Connect to the ESXi host using the HTML5 host web interface at https://<hostname or IP Address>/ui, and then log in using the host credentials that you created during the ESXi installation.
- If this is the first time you have logged in to the vSphere Web Console, read the information that is displayed; if you want to join VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program, select Join CEIP.
- Click OK to continue.
- From the Navigator menu, select Networking.
- Click the Virtual Switches tab.
- Select vSwitch0.
A warning appears, advising that the virtual switch has no uplink redundancy.
- Click Add uplink.
- Under Add uplink:
- Change the maximum transmission unit (MTU) to 9000.
- Ensure that Uplink 2 is mapped to vmnic1.
- Click Save.
- From the Navigator menu, select Networking to return to the Networking home page.
- To complete the network configuration for each host, create port groups for each VLAN, specifying:
- VLAN ID
- vSwitch to assign to each port group
The following table shows the minimum recommended configuration.
Table 9. Virtual switch configuration
- vmnic0 – active
- vmnic1 – standby
Route based on originating virtual port ID
- vmnic0 – active
- vmnic1 – active
For vSphere vMotion and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler support, the spelling and capitalization of the VLAN IDs and names must match across the three management servers.
Note: Including the Compute VM port group in the management host vSwitch configuration is optional.
- Click the Port groups tab and select Add port group.
- Provide the requested information for the vMotion port group, as shown in the following figure.
Keep the default Security setting.
Figure 12. Adding a port group
In this example, we removed the default VM Network because we do not use it in our environment example.
The following figure shows an example of the configuration after all port groups are created.
Figure 13. Port groups configuration
- Confirm the settings for each port group:
- Right-click the port group name, and then left-click Edit settings, as shown in the following figure.
Figure 14. Editing settings
- Ensure that the values match the properties in Table 9, Virtual switch configuration, on page 42.
The following example is for the vMotion port group.
Figure 15. vMotion port group settings
- Confirm the settings and click Save.
- Repeat the preceding steps for each additional port group to confirm each group’s settings.
Create vMotion VMkernel ports
To complete the setup of the virtual standard switches, create VMkernel ports for vMotion:
- On the Networking page of vSphere Web Client, click the VMkernel NICs tab.
- Click Add VMkernel NIC.
- From the Port group list, select vMotion.
- In the MTU field, enter 9000.
- If you are using a static IP address, under IPv4 settings:
- Select static for the configuration.
- Enter the address and subnet mask information.
- From the Services menu, select vMotion.
- Confirm the settings and click Create.
- Verify that all VMkernel NICs have been created and that the appropriate services have been assigned to them, as shown in the following example.
Figure 16. VMkernel NICS and services