How to configure Flex Fabric – Virtual Connect module (VC) in your HP C7000 Chassis and use VLAN Trunking

Okay We already able to configured the Chassis in my other Post now we will configure the VC Virtual-Connect with trunk vlans enabled

Step 1: Login to your VC IP address or by clicking the “Virtual Connect Manager” in your Chassis management menu as shown in the image

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Or if your in your OA management web you can click the “Virtual Connect Manager” menu below

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Step 2: Once you successfully login go down to “Shared Uplink Sets” and click “+ Add” menu link in the upper right side and

Connections -> Shared Uplinks Sets -> + Add ->

vc2-shared-uplink

Step 3: On this below image we will start to configure and create the lan connection between your lan data switch and the HP Chassis 7000. Here i’m using 4x 10G links from the switch going to my chassis.

Now we will create the 2 X 10G connection and we name it as “VLAN_Trunk-1” then goto the option in the “Add port” in lower left to select the ports that we going to assign

Chassis -> Bay 1 -> Port X5 and Port X6

and for the second link use

Chassis -> Bay 2 -> Port X5 and Port X6

As show in the image

Step 4: Then enable the VLAN’s that your network team gave to you. If you scroll down a little bit more in the above image you will notice the “Associated Networks (VLAN Tagged)” in here we will create all the available vlans that needed for our HP Blades servers. Select the “A single Associated Network”

Network Name: VLAN-2-1 (explanation: 2 is the vlanID and 1 because this is the first link we will use VLAN-Trunk-1) or you can name it whatever you want.

VLAN ID: 2

Then click “Apply” do this for each vlans 😀

vc2c-shared-uplink

After doing a lot of configuration for “VLAN-Trunk-1” this is the finish outcome after. Repeat this steps to do the same thing in the “VLAN-Trunk-2”

vc2d-shared-uplink

This is for “VLAN-Trunk-2”  configuration

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vc2g-shared-uplink

Overview will be like this

vc2e-shared-uplink

 

Step 5: Configuring SAN Fabric Storage is the same principle

Add Port: SAN 1

Bay 1 – Port X1 and Port X2

Bay 2 – Port X1 and Port X2

vc3b-san-fabric

Add Port: SAN 2

Bay 1 – Port X1 and Port X2

Bay 2 – Port X1 and Port X2

vc3c-san-fabric

Overview after you created will be like this

vc3-san-fabric

 

Step 6: Alright we are almost done in the previous configuration we able to create the important modules to run our server 1. “Shared Uplink Sets” and 2. is the “SAN Fabrics” now we going to do the final piece this is to create profile to assign it in blades this is where you we can do vlan tagging, management ip assignment, storage assignment, network speed from 1G to 10G connection depends in your connection.

Connections -> Server Profiles -> +Add

vc4-server-profile

This configuration is use for VMware ESXi Setup
  • 2 port for redundancy 1G (1st port is from the VLAN-Trunk-1 and second port is from VLAN-Trunk-2) and set to access port only for esxi management and vmotion management
  • 2 port for 10G connection this is the data link that the ESXi will use for the VMs (1st port is from the VLAN-Trunk-1 and second port is from VLAN-Trunk-2) and in Trunk port
  • 2 port for SAN Storage (SAN 1 and SAN2)

Then assign this profile to the blades that was already inserted in your chassis make sure the HP Blade is poweroff to able to assign the profile

Assign Profile to Server Bay -> “The bay of the blade” then click Apply

 

This is how you manage the vlans that will be allowed in your profile just drag and drop from left to right then hit OK

vc4d-server-profile

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