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communication via virtual lans in vmware

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I have three sets of virtual machines A, B and C which each have their own virtual lans named A_Lan, B_Lan and C_Lan respectively. What I want to do is add a windows server virtual machine D that has device drivers for each of these virtual lans. What I am wondering is how I can setup the windows server 2008 virtual machine to facilitate communication between the virtual lans A,B and C via the windows server virtual machine?

I am new to vmware and this kind of thing so any help appreciated.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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You will need to add three network interfaces, to your Windows Server

A_Lan
B_Lan
C_Lan

and then enable Routing Between each LAN.

Windows is not the easiest OS to enable as a router, and there are better virtual machines which can offer routing functions

1. Freesco
http://www.freesco.org/

2. monowall
http://m0n0.ch/wall/

3. vyatta
http://www.brocade.com/launch/vyatta/index.html

Is this VMware vSphere, because if it is, you will also need to create three different vSwitchs, and three different virtual machine portgroups.
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Yes I am using vsphere and have to use windows server... if you have a beginners guide for those steps I would be grateful as I am unfamiliar with vsphere
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If you want to read more on networking in VMware ESX/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, including trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf

Virtual Networking
http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/virtual-networking/virtual-networks.html

Virtual Networking Concepts
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf
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Sorry for the late reply, this was the solution - just needed to figure the steps out.
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