VMware vSphere Labs – Foundations – Networking Considerations and Design

This how to will go into some detail of the Networking consideration for your VMware Lab. It’s all in what you want to do.

This video addresses those considerations and provides some details on how you may want to do that. If you want some resources for particular lab setup head on to the bottom.

Another Lovely Video 🙂

Networking (As seen in the video if you want to reproduce 🙂

  1. Management Stack for vCloud :
  2. Production stack for tenants:
  3. VMnet1 – ESXi Management Host-Only (isolated for security )
  4. VMNET2 – iSCSI (vmkernal port group and NFS will be shared)
  5. VMNET3 – vMotion
  6. VMNET4 – VM Networks for ESXi host
  7. VMnet8 – Production-MGMT

    .10 = Domain Controllers

    .20 = vCenter Servers (2 interfaces one for ESXi MGMT and Production)

    .30 = All Other systems

  8. VMNET5 – vCloud Mgmt

Other Wonderful Links on vSphere Labs and Networking Design included are SRM and vCloud Director Setups:

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About Chad King

I am an IT professional working in the industry for over 10 years. Starting in Microsoft Administration and Solutions I was also a free lance consultant for small businesses. Since I first saw virtualization I have always been fascinated by the concept. I currently specialize in VMware technology. I consult daily on many different types of VMware Solutions. I have experience in all domains related to virtualization and cloud solutions. From help desk, administration, engineering, implementation, and design allowing me to provide creative solutions with the understanding and gaps at all levels.

Posted on February 16, 2012, in VCP 5, VMware vSphere Lab, vSphere 4, vSphere 5, vSphere Lab and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi there,

    Networking I think it’s one of the hardest things to concept, specially when you’re converting from a flat network to an infrastructure that contains Vsphere + multiple networking segments.

    The problem that I have is that all the documentation is somewhat clear when you are starting from fresh, but not much about best practices in converting to virtualisation (in respects on dealing with the IP infrastructure)

    Do you have a good grasp on this and can you maybe add something on your documentation regarding best practices?

    Look forward to hearing from you,



    • Hey Gabi,
      Absolutely. Thats what my idea is to accomplish doing this. I will even provide some useful links and feedback information on my own thoughts as well. Be expecting something soon, and I very much appreciate the comments!


  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for the reply.

    So where are you at the moment with this? I am very eager into getting a test environment up, so I can document what the best way to do this is and example of possible issues.

    I have spent many hours trying to find example white papers, even though some talk about it, they dont actually explain or illustrate what needs to be done and why…..

    For instance, a basic query would be, where do I place my hosts i.e ESX01, does it need to be on the same subnet as the servers, on the workstation subnet or on a different subnet?

    There are so many queries and I think a before and after design, including the documented IP infrastructure would really help a lot of people.

    As stated before, no two environments are normally exactly the same, however for the SME using a 1:5/1:10 consolidation ratio, with VMware Essentials/Essentials Plus with 3 hosts, would be very similar indeed.

    This could then expand to site recovery and some other aspects.

    Getting carried away here !!

    Let us know your thoughts,




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