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VMWare - 2nd NIC

hello, I am new to VMware and am not an IT pro. The ESXi  with different VMs is running fine, with 1 physically NIC,

In one of the VMs, I would like a VM webserver to connect directly to the adsl router, 192.168.10.xxx, such that external http requests from the adsl router reach the VM webserver

How can I do that ? in the past I had a webserver machine with 2 NICs (one internal & one external).

I've read about virtual switch in ESXi. Is this what I should be looking at ?

Is it better that I install a second NIC which connects the ESXi directly to the internet?

I'm lost.
thanks for help, Clifford
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The easiest way to complete this would be to Add a Second (2nd) NIC to the ESXi server.

Create a new second vSwitch1, when  you create this virtual switch called a vSwitch, connect the 2nd NIC to this virtual switch.

On this virtual switch create a new Portgroup, Portgroups are the Networks thatg the Vitual Machines connect to and use. Call it External Internet.

In your VM, change the Network Interface Properties to connect to External Internet.

This will then connect that VM to the External Internet.
CliffordNgAuthor Commented:
hello, you mean to install a 2nd physical card in the machine, right ?

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's correct, install a 2nd Network Interface card in the Phyiscal Machine.

If you want to rwad more on networking in VMware ESXi, then I recommend the following:-

I would also recommend reading through the Networking Sections of the following guides to gain a better understanding of Networking in VMware ESX/ESXi.

Pages 13 - 73 Discuss Networking in Detail, iuncluding trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1


Virtual Networking


Virtual Networking Concepts

CliffordNgAuthor Commented:
thanks, clear reply for rookies like me.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Good Luck, with it, any issues just ask or post another question.
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