Microsoft released a very nice poster on VMM 2012 SP1 networking. If you have been thinking “what on earth has happened to networking since the previous release of VMM”, and I can’t blame you if you put it in more stronger wording, then this poster is for you.
After experimenting a lot with VMM 2012 SP1 networking, I am slowly getting more proficient in this area but I can assure you there is a lot of ground to cover.
Posters like this help you get all the pieces together.
I am currently rebuilding our lab using the Logical Switch using uplink port profiles, native port profiles, virtual network adapters and port classifications. It is cool stuff and in the end makes a lot of sense. It’s just the learning curve that is fairly steep.
The other hard thing is that if you have already deployed your Hyper-V clusters using PowerShell for building your NIC Teams and Hyper-V Extensible Switches, it is not possible to just apply a Logical Switch on top of your existing configuration. The only way is to wipe your network configuration or your entire server. A bare metal deployment via VMM 2012 SP1 is probably the best method, including the various VMM integrations you might be able to download from your server hardware vendor. HP has released a nice integration which adds all latest device drivers into the VMM Library.