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  • 1.  NFS best practice

    Posted Jun 03, 2019 07:59 PM


    So for adding NFS storage to vSphere I found the below best practices, if anyone can confirm or add to it...

    Add a new vmkernel on each host in the same subnet as the NFS server

    Create a new VLAN and a new Distributed PortGroup mapped to it

    Connect the vmkernel to the new Distributed PortGroup

    A question I have, should NFS have its own vSwitch/dvSwitch or it is fine to have it connected to a Distributed PortGroup on the same dvSwitch/physical ports the VM's are using?


  • 2.  RE: NFS best practice
    Best Answer

    Posted Jun 03, 2019 10:58 PM

    To isolate storage traffic from other network traffic, a best practices is to use either dedicated switches and physical NICs for your NFS, but if you don't have enough physical network resources to dedicated to NFS, you may can share the same physical network, including physical NICs, but make sure you at least isolate NFS traffic using VLANs and since you are using distributed switches you may also can consider enable Network I/O Control (NIOC).

    You can check some additional best practices in the following link: https://storagehub.vmware.com/export_to_pdf/best-practices-for-running-vmware-vsphere-on-network-attached-storage