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vSphere Design Best Practices by Christopher Kusek, Brian Bolander

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Providing network redundancy, resiliency, and throughput

At this point, you should have a good understanding of the capabilities of your ESXi configuration and best practices. There are a few things you will want to do to ensure that you're able to maximize your investment. This starts with providing the best solution on the virtual side, but also extends to the physical; it makes zero sense to provide a fantastic vDS design that connects to an inadequate physical backend. We've discussed the virtual side, but before we get into the physical, be sure that you're thinking maximum redundancy in your virtual and physical network. This can be achieved with multiple adapters in hosts, hosts with multiple connections to multiple independent switches, ...

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