I'm just provisioning a second-hand server to replace our main server and looking for some advice on Network Adapter configuration.
HP ML330 running Server 2008 and 2 VMs (SBS2008 and SQL 2008)
Physical Network Adapter sockets: Two
Physical Network Configuration: iLO2 and Server sharing the same Network Adapter socket. (ie one socket used, one left unplugged)
Virtual Network Configuration: Hyper-V configured Virtual Network Adapter which gives a Network Bridge in the adapters.
HP ML350 running Server 2012 R2 and 2 or more VMs
Physical Network Adapter sockets: Three (I think they are two for server and one for iLO2)
Physical Network Configuration: iLO2 and Server sharing the same Network Adapter and other two unused.
iLO2 was configured to share by previous owner of the server. The 2nd main Gigabit adapter is not currently configured.
My question is around what is the recommended configuration for such a server?
I clearly have one extra adapter I can play with anyway. Should I configure that as a dedicated card for one or more VMs? Presumably it makes sense to use both sockets to maximise throughput? It is just how I allocate them in Windows.
Also do people recommend running the iLO2 interface on a shared adapter or on its own adapter? Either way It won't be running on a separate network anyway, so it would only be an extra wire to the same place anyway (although I could possibly make it sit in a VLAN via the router if there was any advantage in doing so).
Love to hear others thoughts on optimum setup.
How do you prefer to setup your HP servers?