I've got a couple of vSphere 5.0 hosts in a small lab environment here and I've noticed a strange behaviour. When on of the hosts gets rebooted, it is unresponsive to the network until I log into the ESX console, Press
F2 to customize and select
Restart management network. Once this is done, the networking works perfectly as expected.
Each host has two NICs which are trunked together using Etherchannel to a Cisco 3750. The link is also a .1q VLAN trunk and the management network is configured on VLAN121 with the VM traffic configured on VLAN118.
Why would the host be completely dead to the world until I physically kick it?
Sample switch config for trunk:
interface Port-channel2 description Blade 1 EtherChannel Trunk switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q switchport mode trunk end ! ! interface GigabitEthernet4/0/1 description Bladecenter1 CPM 1A switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q switchport mode trunk speed 1000 duplex full channel-group 2 mode on end
Vswitch teaming settings:
Management port group settings: