How to "share" a public IP to a guest machine in VMware ESXi 4.1
Posted on 2011-03-24
I am helping a fellow classmate with a lab project that involves VMware ESXi ver4.1, and his project is a little different than normal because he chose to setup his installation on a personal physical box and use a personal IP address that he has purchased from an ISP.
Usually we are working with private IP addresses, and we do not worry about making efficient use of this resource because they are free.
Overall, the big picture assignment is to create a firewall in the vm with 2 nics, that connects Vswitch0 to Vswitch1, and on Vswitch1, setup a Web Server and a Client Machine (xp, Fedora, or Chef's Suprise).
We need to be able to serve out a web page that our classmates can reach from the client machines on their VM (the Client previously mentioned on Vswitch1 behind the firewall).
Not worried about the routing issues, or the network for communication of our individual esx servers for the class. But this one student who has separated himself from the group has created an interesting challenge to solve. I see it as a very good opportunity to learn more about networking, and solve a very real world problem.
Sorry about all the extra info............. anyway.....
This one particular esx server, which has been assigned the public ip, which is up, running, has vms created on it, and can be reached across the internet with vsphere.
The network card for the esx server is assigned the public IP address.
The vm firewall WAN interface running on that esx also needs to be assigned to the same public IP.
Is this possible through some kind of bridging? Or am I looking at this the wrong way?
Thank you very much in advance - Smizz.