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Installing VSM and VEM on the same host

                   Hi,

I have to install 2 VSM on two baldes B440 (Full-width) and I need the VMs traffic on these blades to be controlled by the N1K.

since cisco recommends not to have the VSM and VEM on the same blade.

I thought of creating 2 additional vNICs on these 2 blades and keep these 2 vnics controlled by vmware vswitch and assign the rest of the vnics (where the VMs resist) to the N1K.

is that doable?

thanks

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Installing VSM and VEM on the same host

Shadow,

First there is no problem (or recomendation against) running the VSM on a VEM it manages.  You can either use 2 uplinks for your DVS and simply host your VSM's virtual interfaces on the DVS iteself, or you can opt to maintain a separate vSwitch to run your VSM on.

I personally prefer the 1st option as it's one less point of management.  Properly configured the VSM will have no issue running on the DVS.  There are countless posts on here detailing the caveats and best practices for doing so.

Regards,

Robert

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