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  # 1605761 7-Aug-2016 10:40
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 Ordered the EdgeSwitch Lite from GoWifi - thanks for your help guys.

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  # 1612705 16-Aug-2016 19:56
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Ok - so I bought an EdgeSwitch Lite 24 port switch from GoWifi. Extremely prompt delivery as usual.


I have plugged it in and replaced my old dumb switch - using the default configuration. Everything is working fine, as it was before. 


Now the fun part, trying to setup these VLANs...


I have added the VLANs to my new switch. Tick.


The complication I have is my Proxmox host which has about 12 openvz containers. I want these on various VLANs, i.e. the Freeswitch container on the VOIP VLAN, the motion IP camera server on the security VLAN, etc. I also run dnsmasq on another container which also contains openvpn. This acts as my DHCP server and DNS cache, as well as providing secure remote access.


The first thing I need to sort out is DHCP. My question at this point is "is it worth sticking with dnsmasq"? This has served me very well for a couple of years but would it make my life easier to move my DHCP server to my Mikrotik router? Or perhaps the Edgeswitch? Otherwise I will have to create virtual interfaces for all VLANs on the dnsmasq container and configure dnsmasq for each. Or would that still be a better approach, rather than loading up the router/switch with DHCP responsibilites?


I am doing a LOT of reading about all this and trying to learn as much as I can, but I am still in need of a little guidance and *best-practice* experience from my fellow GZ'ers...






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  # 1612755 16-Aug-2016 20:32
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How i do my network for this, I have all my VMs on Esxi, including my beloved PfSense.




dnsmasq runs on PfSense for all of the vlans, passes the traffic where required between vlans etc.




in esxi you can just pass through the exact vlan you want.


I simply split up my Guest traffic, HAB traffic, Management and Normal traffic. VPNs all operate on different subnets for routing where i allow aswell.




Probably not the *best* option, but it works for me.

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  # 1612758 16-Aug-2016 20:36
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Thanks Hio, that sounds similar to what i am proposing, good to know it is not completely daft!

Proxmox allows you to pass vlan tagged traffic thru the virtual interfaces as well, i just need to figure out how to correctly set it all up without breaking absolutely everything!

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  # 1612836 16-Aug-2016 21:45
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I would personally just use the mikrotik to do dhcp. Then you can set up all your vlans all the way from there. Just tag them all on your "uplink" port to the edge switch. And then sort them out from there.

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