zhangfred_vm
Contributor
Contributor

Which Nic Teaming policy should I use

Hi Friends,

There are four NIC teaming policies in the Virtual Switch configure UI, such us, port based, Ip based, Mac address based, which one should be used?

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masaki
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

it depends on many factors (first of all physical switches):

read some thread like this:

http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=83099&messageID=639830#639830

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Hello,

If you are doing a simple Etherchannel configuration to one switch then IP hash is what worked best for us. It really comes down to your traffic and how you have your switch ports configured.

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esiebert7625
Immortal
Immortal

I agree, IP Hash is generally the most effective load sharing policy, none of them are true load balancing. See some of these links...

NIC Teaming Load Balancing Policy - http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=463074&#463074

Networking Scenarios & Troubleshooting - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/tac9689-b.pdf

Networking Virtual Machines - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/TAC9689-A.pdf

ESX3 Networking Internals - http://www.vmware-tsx.com/download.php?asset_id=41

High Performance ESX Networking - http://www.vmware-tsx.com/download.php?asset_id=43

Network Throughput in a Virtual Infrastructure - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_network_planning.pdf

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