New HP server G8 NICs
Just bought an ML350p G8 that comes with 4 network ports plus iLO.
I'm planning ahead and need to configure. This is what i had in mind - host OS plus 3 or 4 VMs, each with static ip of ..10.1 / ..10.2 / ..10.3 / ..10.4 etc
But, anyone got any idea how this works out with configuring the physical ports?
Does/can each VM take a physical network port or do they simply go thru the host OS? In which case are the physical ports for teaming only??
Which Hypervisor? ESXI Hyper-V or Xen?
The host will probably be set to use one port for itself, then to use the 3 other ports for the VMs. Well that is how I woudl use it.
So would I, providing it lets me set it up that way - hence the question ;)
I would team all up and share between host on VM's. That way you will have redundancy. If a switchport fails you have 3 other ports to use. It also makes 4 x 1GB connections into 1 x 4GB virtual connection. The host wouldn't use much bandwidth so it won't hog bandwidth from the VM's
A guide if you like - Windows Server 2012: Creating a NIC TEAM for Load Balancing and Failover - Kevin Holman's System Center Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
This is how our CCTV server looks. (attached) If I unplug upto 3 network cables things run as normal and there is no downtime.