None of these scenarios seem to be what I'm trying to do:
Perhaps I can simplify:
Let's say I have only 1 module with 4 NICs, and 25 VLANs
I need to have all 4 NICs able access any of the 25 VLANs, and get to the Internet. (The firewall part is already functioning).
Since there are only 20 Ports, divided into 2 separate switches, can I do this?
If so, how? I don't seem to be able to get multiple VLANs tagged to the external ports and have it work. Should I be trying to create VLANs based on subnet or MAC address perhaps?
Wow! After hours of looking an dre-looking at the setup, I finally found a tagged VLAN in my HP switch, this was messing up my vmware VLANs, I was getting the weirdest results, things just didn't make sense.
In the end:
I created the VLANs in vmware (which require tagged VLANs to work, period - so I'm told), intel switch, HP switch and SonicWALL X4 subinterfaces
I added all of the the tagged VLANs to all of the NICs
I added all of the tagged VLANs to an External Port on each intel switch
I added all of the tagged VLANs to two ports on the HP Switch (One to the intel switch and One to the SonicWALL)
Wow!, tired blurry eyes sure can cause problems!
Thanks for your help!