Is there a way to get more than 4 physical NICs (4 active/4 standby) on an HP BL460c Gen9 server WITHOUT using mezzanine cards and extra VCMs?
EDIT for more information:
I have two c7000 enclosures. In each, I have two Flex-10 VCMs setup as active / standby. The BL460c Gen8 and Gen9 blades in each c7000 have the 10GB LOM modules and run ESXi v6. In the current configuration, the systems look as follows and works fine:
[for clarity, Blade NICs 5,6,7 and 8 are the redundant side of NICs 1,2,3 and 4]
Uplink in x1 = 10GB Trunk (all vlans except SAN)
Uplink in x2 = 10GB SAN vlan only
Blade NIC 1 (Uplink x1) - 100MB VMware Management
Blade NIC 2 (Uplink x1) - 1GB vMotion
Blade NIC 3 (Uplink x2) - 5GB iSCSI SAN
Blade NIC 4 (Uplink x1) - 3.9GB all data networks (separated by vlans)
Our Storage team has purchased a new SAN and configured this new SAN to use two Fault Domains, requiring two physical connections to the SAN from each blade.
Now, I suppose I could run VMware management and vMotion on the same NIC, but this is not a VMware best practice. Then, I would have freed up a NIC to be the second for the new SAN fault domain.
My initial question was to see if there is any way to parse another NIC on each blade so that I do not have to go against VMware best practice and more importantly, I do not have to purchase four new mezzanine cards and four more VCMs. I will mention that I have a thrid c7000 that is configured the same way as the two listed above and this third c7000 will join the other two in function so purchase numbers would acually be six mezzanine cards and six VCMs.
You guys asking me for more details has forced me to actually document our configuration, something I have been meaning to do for years, so thanks for that.