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How to configure multicast on SG300-20 for VMware vSAN

aenagy
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I have a home lab setup with a single SG300-20 (firmware 1.4.1.3, L3 mode) connected to a server with 4 NICs running ESXi 6.0. I have a number of virtual machines running ESXi 6.0 (nested ESXi). Because the nested ESXi hosts are connected by a virtual switch on the physical ESXi host normally (unicast) traffic between these virtual machines does not need to go to the physical switch (SG300). This version of vSAN has a requirement for multicast. There is a test built-in to vSAN for multicast that indicates all is not well. I have experimented with different settings on the switch (enabling/disabling IGMP snooping and querier) which changes the results of this test. I have a dedicated VLAN and subnet exclusively for VLAN traffic. The best results seem to be when both IGMP snooping and IGMP querier are both enabled.

One thing I have done on the nested ESXi hosts is add add a static route for the multicast address (224.2.3.4) to the network interface (vmk4) dedicated to vSAN[1]:

Network   Netmask         Gateway  Interface Source
-------   -------         -------  --------- ------
default   0.0.0.0         10.1.4.1 vmk0      MANUAL
10.1.4.0  255.255.255.0   0.0.0.0  vmk0      MANUAL
10.1.6.0  255.255.255.0   0.0.0.0  vmk1      MANUAL
10.1.7.0  255.255.255.0   0.0.0.0  vmk2      MANUAL
10.1.9.0  255.255.255.0   0.0.0.0  vmk4      MANUAL
224.2.3.4 255.255.255.255 10.1.9.0 vmk4      MANUAL

This didn't seem to make much of a difference. Having read the section on Multicasting in "Cisco_300Sx_v1_4_AG.pdf" I'm still not sure what, if any, changes I should be making to the SG300. I really don't know multicasting, so I'm kinda stuck.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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[1] vSAN Multicast performance test fails (2135495)
https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2135495

... which lead me to section "Multicast performance test of Virtual SAN health check does not run on Virtual SAN network " ...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 Release Notes
http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/61/vmware-virtual-san-61-release-notes.html#knownissues

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aenagy
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Has anyone setup multicast/IGMP on a SG300?

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