ESX and Vlan networking

For the past two days at work I have been attempting to setup more advanced networking for my test, almost production VMWare ESX server. The server hardware that I am using (IBM 3550) has two on board Gig Nics. With a current Internet connection of 3Mbps and an upgrade to 10Mbps coming in the spring I doubt I will ever reach the 1 Gbps limit of one of those Nics, but I am planning on running most if not all my infrastructure in a Virtual environment. So I need fail-over and redundancy. So I needed two things: NIC Teaming and Port Trunking. (more…)