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Setup Test VMWARE Network for with internet access

I have setup a test network on a VMWARE ESX server with an SBS2008 Vm and a Vista VM. The test subnet is 192.168.0.0 and the real network subnet is 10.0.0.0 The gateway is a Cisco 2621 router setup in the 10.0.0.0 subnet. I need to figure out how to route internet access to the test network. I have one NIC on the ESX Set aside for the test network.
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Bill Warren
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bluberiCommented:
I assume your switch does VLAN ?
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Bill WarrenIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Yes it does but I'm familiar with setting up a vlan
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Bill WarrenIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
or not familiar that is
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
You can configure this in several different ways.

1.  Setup a vswitch on ESX with a physical nic connected to a second interface on the router with 192.168.0.0 network and let the router do the routing

2.  Setup the router as a trunk port, define the VLANs and configure port groups for the vswitch

3.  Configure a physical or virtual NAT device and have provide it with an IP Adress from the current 10.0.x network but have it NAT the 192.168.0.0 network, if you're using this for test purposes a dsl/cable router will do in a pinch or a virtual appliance such as Vyatta which can be downloaded from vmware and imported into ESX.

4.  Configure an interface of the firewall if available and configure for 192.168.0.0 network.  Configure vswitch on the same subnet and you should be all set.

Hope this gives you a few options
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bluberiCommented:
If you don't mind having 2 nics in the VM, here's what I do

On the ESX, I would configure another network and put it in the same VLAN as your Internet Network.
On the VM add a nic that is part of that network.
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Bill WarrenIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Worked like a charm
thanks
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
which method did you use?
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Bill WarrenIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I configured a virtual Switch for 192.168.0.0 specified a physical NIC for it and setup a VLAN on my switch for the port that it was connected to and created a routes on the switch, router and firewall for 192.168.0.0
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