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Expanding my VM infrustructure

Current Infrastructure

vSphere 4.1 Essential Plus
2 x R710, 72 GB RAM – SAU-Cluster [192.168.0.0]
EqualLogic 6 TB [10.10.10.1] iscsi
We have an ISA 2006 for routing traffic and internal firewalling.

Additions

1 x R720 72 GB RAM
PowerVault 24 TB NAS – [10.10.10.2] [Windows Server 2012] iscsi
Juniper Switch to ISP and R720 DMZ  – then some routing to our internal network.

Plan is to host 30 Windows 7 VMs to be accessed remotely – these PCs will access in house application. I thought I could use Terminal Services, but the application does not run on 64 bit OS.
So if I put 32 Bit, it will only see 4 GB, thus I ended up with 30 Windows 7 VMs.

This new host will be in the DMZ, I need to be able to add it to my vCenter Server, and Create a new Cluster called  [SIL-Cluster]. Would like to know if I can add it to HA on SAU-Cluster; It should also be able to see the EqualLogic.

Then I need to add the PowerVault NAS to the clusters and then move some of the VMs from the EqualLogic to  the new NAS to make room for the 30 VMs.

I cannot upgrade to vSphere 5 yet, so I need ideas around my current version of VMWare.

….you are allowed to scrap the idea down and post a new idea or approach  – I am still at planning stages.
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Phiwi Moyo

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Phiwi Moyo

@Neilsr; this setup came from the manager, and the client does not want to use VPN.
That would have solved my problem.

@hanccoka; I  already have this setup for another server actually, I suggested the same thing to the manager, he did not budge.

Hence I thought I should post here to see if this would work or not.

Anyway I kind of feared the response would be like this, I guess I wanted confirmation.

Thanks, time to go back to the drawing board - I will update you how things turn.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Okay, put the Host in the DMZ more exposure and complicated because of firewalls required between vCenter and Hosts, but it is possible.
compdigit44

TO help with secure I would suggest to place a Windows 2012 RDS Gateway server in the DMZ to proxy connections into your internal network. ALso, regarding you Windows 7 VM's are you hosting 30 Windows 7 VM's or are you using some type of VDI solution?
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Phiwi Moyo

Still waiting for D*ll to deliver the new toys.

Will update you all soon.
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Phiwi Moyo

I left the host internally, got a Cisco switch and set up NAT to the VMs.

Thanks.