VMM Network Setup for clusters with virtual nics

As a consultant, new customer requests and scenarios are usually a great opportunity to learn new things and new ways of thinking. Recently a customer presented with the following scenario, which I believe may be pretty common.

A global company, with multiple sites, spread around the world. Some already established Hyper-V sites, some VMWare and the need for a future site deployments using Hyper-V. The tool of choice to manage the whole scenario is System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

The general configuration is well know, with a single Logical Network and VMNetwork for VMs.  Your logical configuration will look like that:

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The challenge was that we wanted to make sure of network card virtualization to allow for best bandwidth management.

So, the idea to break the network team into different cards (vNICs) and make sure the hosts can talk to each other. For that, different logical networks need to be created for the Live, Cluster, CSV and iSCSI networks:

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Notice the type of logical network is different. When you pick that type, you’ll require to refer the subnet when creating the VM Network:

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Having that VM Network available, you can connect the host to this new network by adding a vNIC to the switch:

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You can see the full configuration video here.

 

Hope this helps!