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VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

By : Hersey Cartwright
Book Image

VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

By: Hersey Cartwright

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

vMotion network design considerations

vMotion allows the running state of a virtual machine to be transferred from one ESXi host to another. The network traffic required for the migration uses the VMkernel interfaces that have been enabled for vMotion. vMotion connectivity between ESXi hosts is required when using Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) to balance the virtual machine load across hosts in a DRS-enabled cluster.

How to do it…

  1. Identify vMotion network requirements.

  2. Determine the best practices for configuring the network connectivity required to support vMotion.

  3. Identify the benefits of keeping virtual machines together on the same host to minimize the network traffic that must transverse the physical uplinks.

  4. Design the vMotion network connectivity to support design requirements.

  5. Design DRS rules to support design requirements.

How it works…

vMotion requires, at a minimum, a single, active 1 Gb network adapter. A second standby adapter should be configured to provide redundancy for...