I have LACP etherchannels running to all of my VM servers without issues. As far as the speed bump goes - it depends. There are some instances where you will get more speed than on a single conenction. but that involves multipathing, where multipathd is running in round-robin mode. There are a lot of tuning opportunities for you to explore here… ;)
…also I think you are missing the "switchport mode access" option in your actual interface configurations g3/22 and g3/30, since you configured your port-channel like that.
Usually, the server doesn't need to be restartet, after a Bond has been configured. Did you add the missing switchport mode access to your interface configurations?
What does "show interface port-channel 4" show on your 6509?
6509#show etherchannel 4 summary
Flags: D - down P - bundled in port-channel
I - stand-alone s - suspended
H - Hot-standby (LACP only)
R - Layer3 S - Layer2
U - in use N - not in use, no aggregation
f - failed to allocate aggregator
M - not in use, no aggregation due to minimum links not met
m - not in use, port not aggregated due to minimum links not met
u - unsuitable for bundling
d - default port
w - waiting to be aggregated
Number of channel-groups in use: 6
Number of aggregators: 6
Group Port-channel Protocol Ports
4 Po4(SD) LACP Gi2/18(I) Gi2/42(I)
6509#show interface port-channel 4
Port-channel4 is down, line protocol is down (notconnect)
Hardware is EtherChannel, address is 0000.0000.0000 (bia 0000.0000.0000)
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit, DLY 100 usec,
reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
Encapsulation ARPA, loopback not set
Keepalive set (10 sec)
Auto-duplex, Auto-speed, media type is unknown
input flow-control is off, output flow-control is off
ARP type: ARPA, ARP Timeout 04:00:00
Last input never, output never, output hang never
Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
Input queue: 0/2000/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total output drops: 0
Odd - I hace configured LACP bonds on a couple of VM servers already an I am pretty sure, that none of them needed a reboot ever. Did the switch indicated the links being up before you rebooted the VM server?
Nope.....the switch said the link was down, but the server said the link was up (as well as the two nics).....so I don't know which end the problem would have been on ....switch or server.
thanks for the Help