Category: Networking

IP-Hash versus LBT

IP-Hash versus LBT

vSwitch configuration and load-balancing policy selection are major parts of a virtual infrastructure design. Selecting a load-balancing policy can have impact on the performance of the virtual machine and can introduce additional requirements at the physical network layer. Not only do I spend lots of time discussing the various options...

vSwitch Failback and High Availability

vSwitch Failback and High Availability

One setting most admins get caught off-guard is vSwitch Failback setting in combination with HA. If the management network vSwitch is configured with Active/Standby NICs and the HA isolation response is set to “Shutdown” VM or “Power-off” VM it is advised to set the vSwitch Failback mode to No. If...

Load Based Teaming

Load Based Teaming

In vSphere 4.1 a new network Load Based Teaming (LBT) algorithm is available on the distributed virtual switch dvPort groups. The option “Route based on physical NIC load” takes the virtual machine network I/O load into account and tries to avoid congestion by dynamically reassigning and balancing the virtual switch...