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ESXi Host-Only vSwitch

Posted on 2011-09-29
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We have an ESXi 4.1 server that we created a new vSwitch on.  We want this vSwitch to be for a host only network.  No physical adapters have been added to this vSwitch.  We have three machines that we have added NICs tied to this new vSwitch and assigned static IPs to each.  We are using the 192.168.192.xxx/24 IPs.  We are not able to communicate via ping, unc path, or any other method between the machines.  Two of the machines are running Server 2008 Standard x64 with the Windows Firewall Disabled.  The other machine is running Windows 7 Pro x64 with Windows firewall disabled.

We need to get a host-only network set up for a virtual lab.  Is there something that I am mis-configuring or something that I am just missing?
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Question by:mkrzeminski
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If you have created a virtual switch e.g. vSwitch1, it's not uplinked to a physical network card in the host, and you have created a Virtual Machine Network port group, all the VMs are connected to this Virtual Machine Network, this is all that's required for communications to be established between virtual machines.

example, both VMs, vESXi 5.0 and Win2k8 Mem Test can access each other

 host only
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by:mkrzeminski
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That is exactly how I have it created.  I have attached a screen shot of the configuration.

 Network Configuration
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That should work.

What NICS are being used in the VMs?

Have you confirmed by attaching to another network, that networking is OKAY.

Are the NICs connected, and connected at Power-OIN.

VMware Tools installed and VMXNET3 network card in use.
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mkrzeminski earned 0 total points
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Everyone,
This ended up being a windows firewall problem.  The network was being flagged as a private network so the firewall enabled.  I had the firewall disabled for public and domain networks.  Thank you for your help.
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by:mkrzeminski
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Was not a problem with the VMware configuration but was a problem with the windows firewall.
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