This Blog Was Authored by Jason Burns, Staff Solutions Architect & Kate Guillemette, Technical Writer & Editor at Nutanix.
The Nutanix Solutions teamhasjust releaseda newbest practices guidespecifically designed to answer advanced questions aboutAHV networkingon the Enterprise Cloud Platform.
The networking describedin theAHV Best Practices Guidecoversa wide range of the scenarios that Nutanix administrators encounter every day. However, whenthe defaults don't match customer requirements, you’ll want to use thisadvanced networking guide.
The default AHV networking structure provides a highly available network for guest VMs and the Nutanix Controller VM (CVM). This structure includes simple control and segmentation of guest VM traffic using VLANs, as well as IP address management. The network visualizationpagefor AHV available in Prism also provides a view of the guest and host network configuration for troubleshooting and verification.
In this guide, you can see how administrators can use the Nutanix CLI to configure advanced networking features on a single host or, conveniently, on all hosts at once. VLANtrunkingfor guest VMs allows a single VM NIC to pass traffic on multiple VLANs for network-intensive applications. You can apply VLAN tags to the AHV host and CVM in situations that require all traffic to be tagged. Grouping(bonding)host adapters in different ways can provide physical traffic isolation or allow advanced load balancing and link aggregation beyond the default active-backup mechanism to provide maximum throughput and redundancy for VMs and hosts.The tools we present in this document can enable you to configurea Nutanix system with AHV to meet the demanding requirements of any VM or application.