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BHB3805
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Server Network Placement

Post by BHB3805 » Apr 19, 2017 4:05 pm

We are trying to determine if the placement of our servers are optimal.
All servers are virtual with the exception of the Veeam Backup Repository (and ESXi Hosts of course).
The Veeam servers and VMware ESXi hosts reside on network 10.10.168.0/24, our VMware vCenter resides on network 10.10.148.0/24. Any suggestions?

10.10.148.0/24 - vCenter Server
10.10.168.0/24 - ESXi Hosts (Mangement Network), Veeam Backup Server, Veeam Backup Proxies, Veeam Backup Repository

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Re: Server Network Placement

Post by micoolpaul » Apr 20, 2017 6:40 am

I'd say the real answer is it depends, are you using a firewall/security device to bridge the networks together or are you doing it at a L3 capable switch? If you've got L3 capable switch then you shouldn't realistically notice any performance problems having vCenter in a separate network but if it's through a firewall then the packet inspection would greatly hamper performance.

I personally if using a L3 switch would have all the physical server traffic on one VLAN, the virtual server traffic (i.e. user facing servers) on another VLAN) then a final user VLAN.

Out of curiosity what was your reasoning behind separating the vCenter Server?

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Re: Server Network Placement

Post by BHB3805 » Apr 28, 2017 1:27 am

Our network architect wanted to isolate vCenter Management traffic using a separate VLAN...

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