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I"m building a Virtual Server - I'm in the process of building and ESXi box.  My question is does the actual Virual Esxi server need to have a routable address in order for the Windows Servers built within (on) the box to get out to the WAN?  In other words lets say I set the virual box to 192.168.5.1 255.255.254.0 192.168.5.254 - this is non - routable.  If I build a server and give it an IP of 10.10.1.10 with and subnet 255.255.255.0 and gateway 10.10.1.254 (this would be a WAN routable address) will it work or will it be stopped because my actual ESXi box is not routable to the WAN?
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No...the ESXi box doesn't need to have access to the WAN or a routable address...the VM's themselves will communicate fine with the internet regardless of the ESXi ip assignment
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ESXi provides no routing or router so your VMs will act the same as if they were physical computers.

So they will rely on your LAN default gateway to route and forward traffic from 192 to 10 networks.

ESXi switches are dumb pass through.
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Hello.

What you describe is fine and usually preferable, ie keeping the VMs and the ESXI management on different networks for added security.

Best regards.
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Thanks everyone for you answers.
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