2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2014 5:38 PM by Fluxblocker

    Physical Switch setup with VLAN's for new (greenfield) 2 Host VSA Configuration

    OSUBrian Novice

      I'm getting ready to deploy a new 2 Host VSA cluster, but have a few questions on prepping our physical switches before I attempt to install it.

       

      Planned Configuration Details

      • I will be connecting the cluster to 2 physical Layer 2 Ethernet switches for redundancy.
      • Our servers both only have a single 4 port NIC, so I realize that I will not have NIC redundancy.
      • As per the recommendation in the VSA Installation and Administration guide, I intend on using VLAN's for both the Front and Back end networks:

                Front End:     10.1.1.0/24           VLAN ID: 300

                Back End:     192.168.0.0/24     VLAN ID: 500

       

      Question

      I'm am not a network guy, so please bear with me.

       

      I have added a 300 and 500 VLAN to both switches and have enabled spanning tree on both.

       

      Since I'm using VLANs the guide says that the NIC's must be connected to trunking ports.  We are using HP ProCurve switches (not Cisco), so I assume this means tagged ports.

       

      I was going to connect it like this:

      Example.jpg

      Then Configure the switches like so:

       

      Default_VLAN (1):                         VSA_FrontEnd (300):                                                            VSA_BackEnd (500):

      Untagged Ports: 1-22, 24              Untagged Ports: 23 (Connection to Router)                          Untagged Ports: -

      Tagged Ports: -                              Tagged Ports: 1-2                                                                 Tagged Ports: 3-4

       

      But then I read the following in the VSA Installation and Administration guide on page 25 under Configure VLAN IDs on the Ethernet Switches:

       

           "NOTE The VLAN must not be assigned to specific NIC ports."

       

      So how am I supposed to configure the physical switches to make VSA work with VLANs?

       

      Does this just mean that I simply do this instead?

       

      Default_VLAN (1):                         VSA_FrontEnd (300):                                                            VSA_BackEnd (500):

      Untagged Ports: 1-22, 24              Untagged Ports: 23 (Connection to Router)                          Untagged Ports: -

      Tagged Ports: -                              Tagged Ports: 1-4                                                                 Tagged Ports: 1-4

       

       

      Obviously I still need to factor in adding a connection to VCenter Center Server  on the VSA_FrontEnd (300) VLAN.

       

      Thanks for any input

      -Brian