vSphere 5.0 Install, Configure, Manage Training Day 2

Module 5: Configure and Manage Virtual Networks

Standard virtual switch/ Distributed virtual switch

Enable the PortFast, Trunk and EtherChannel in the physical switch port that is connected to the physical host NIC

802.3AD – NIC teaming, 802.1Q – VLAN trunking

Network policies: Security/ Traffic Shaping/ NIC teaming

– Promiscuous Mode: e.g. intrusion detection system
– MAC Address Changes: e.g. new guest
– Forged Transmits: e.g. network load balancer

Traffic Shaping (disabled by default): ESXi only shapes outbound traffic by establishing parameters for three traffic characteristics: average bandwidth, peak bandwidth and burst size

NIC Teaming:
– Load balancing (outbound only): Originating port ID, Source MAC Hash and IP Hash (higher CPU overhead but better distribution of traffic across physical NICs.
– Network failure detection: link status or link status plus beaconing
– Notify switches: do not set this when port group is running unicase-mode Microsoft NLB
– Failback
– Failover order

Module 6: Configure and Manage Virtual Storage


Shared storage + Block device are two key elements for all vSphere functions

Types of datestore: VMFS or NFS

VMFS 5: Clustered file system, uses 1MB block size, can be dynamically expanded, Uses subblock  addressing which is good for storing small files.

Canonical name: The NAA (Network Address Authority) ID is a unique LUN identifier, and it is persistent across reboots (naa-FC, t10-iSCSI, mpx-local device)

Runtime name is not persistent through reboots

Physical Storage Consideration

software iSCSI/ dependent hardware iSCSI/ independent hardware iSCSI

A VMkernel port must be created for ESXi to access software iSCSI.

NFS: NFS admin must use no_root_squash instead of using root_squash to export

vSphere 5 introduces the software FCoE adapter

Multipathing with Fibre Channel

VMFS can have a maximum volume size of 64 TB.

Incresing the size of a VMFS datastore: Add an extent LUN or Expand the datastore within its extent

Multipathing Algorithms
PSA (Pluggable Storage Architecture) is a VMkernel layer responsible for managing multiple storage paths and providing the load-balancing. ESXi host can be attached to a storage array with a storage processor configuration of Active-Active or Active-Passive or LUA (Logical Unit Asymmetric)

VMware offers native load-balancing and failover mechanisms: Round Robin, Most Recently Used and Fixed. It is always recommended to use vendor supplied driver for ESXi if there is one!!

VSA – vSphere Storage Appliance


2 thoughts on “vSphere 5.0 Install, Configure, Manage Training Day 2

  1. Hi Jackie,
    you mentioned “Enable the PortFast, Trunk and EtherChannel in the physical switch port that is connected to the physical host NIC” in your training summary.
    I was doing this on physical servers with NIC connected directly to Cisco switches.
    But now we are implementing esx on blade Center H blades HS22. So the integrated ports are connected to internal switch. The switch has 6 uplink ports.
    does this still work on the uplink ports from the integrated switch of the blade.

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