For VMWARE ESX do you use trunk or access port? Should it be included in spanning tree?
For WIFI if I use trunk port - should not be included in spanning tree - correct?
For ESX hosts I use trunk ports when expect to have multiple vlans available to virtual hosts that can share the port capacity.
I use dedicated access ports for connections with dedicated bandwidth like the iSCSI SAN connection.
STP is not needed as these are connecting end nodes not other multi path connected switches.
thank you Steve, what about wifi access points? Asking becasue Juniper is advicing to place all of wifi access points that uses trunks to be under RSTP.
While it does not hurt to put the trunk ports into RSTP it seems unnecessary to me for those facing access points.
The purpose of having RSTP running is to prevent layer 2 loops from occuring.
This is necessary on all ports that provide mulitple connections between switches.
This is a strong protection enabled on ports facing customer equipment like offices and conference rooms where people might accidently loop a port.
But for infrastructure ports that we fully control, especially trunk ports facing fully managed IT gear, the setting is not necessary as we presumably know what we are doing and won't loop the ports.