I'm trying to connect a Dell Powerconnect 5324 to a ESXi virtual switch running on an Intel Modular Blade Server. I'm having problems with the trunk between the 5324 and the vswitch. I am able to get to the ESX itself on the management network...but not able to talk to the virtual machines on the other side of the trunk (i.e., on the vswitch).
Does the 5324 have dot1q enabled by default?
Below are the instructions from VMware:
To configure Virtual Switch (vSwitch) VLAN Tagging (VST) on ESX/ESXi host:
interface GigabitEthernet1/2switchport (Set to layer 2 switching)switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q (ESX/ESXi only supports dot1q, not ISL)switchport trunk allowed vlan 10-100 (Allowed VLAN to ESX/ESXi . Ensure ESX/ESXi VLANs are allowed)switchport mode trunk (Set to Trunk Mode)switchport nonegotiate (DTP is not supported)no ip addressno cdp enable (ESX 3.5 or higher supports CDP)spanning-tree portfast trunk (Allows the port to start forwarding packets immediately on linkup)
I pulled this directly from the 53xx User Guide
• VLAN support for Tagging and Port Based as per IEEE 802.1Q
• Up to 4094 VLANs Supported
• Reserved VLANs for internal system use
• Dynamic VLANs with GVRP support
• Protocol based VLANs
Here is a sample config
Console(config)# interface Ethernet xx
console(config-if)# switchport mode trunk
console(config-if)# switchport trunk allowed vlan add 10-100
console(config-if)# spanning-tree portfast
If this is not working you can try using a general port mode instead of trunk. It is similar to the trunk.
Hope this helps,
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I think I have the above in place already. Here is my configuration:
spanning-tree mode rstp
interface range ethernet g(1-20)
interface port-channel 3
spanning-tree guard root
switchport mode trunk
interface range port-channel (1-3)
switchport trunk allowed vlan add 10
switchport trunk allowed vlan add 20
switchport trunk allowed vlan add 80
switchport trunk allowed vlan add 90
switchport trunk allowed vlan add 200
interface vlan 10
interface vlan 20
interface vlan 80
interface vlan 90
interface vlan 200
interface range ethernet g(1-4)
channel-group 3 mode auto
If so - then the problem must be on the ESX side.