3 VMs (running on either Vsphere or VM Workstation) - how to access from laptop?

Will be one host running these 3 VMs. Each of these VMs will be set up with its own static IP address.

However, I need to be able to demonstrate access to these servers (one is a windows domain controller, one is a file server etc).

Best way to achieve this?

1. External laptop, switch between host and laptop? What would be network settings for this?

2. Somehow create a VM of existing client machine and use this?
paul williamsAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Workstation - BRIDGED

ESXi (Default) as per my Networking Article, and just use one physical nic!

and as you have maybe no DHCP on your LAN, give all IP devices and IP Address in the same subnet.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. There is usually no need to use a switch, a cross over cable, or standard network cable can do, but if you have a switch, all the better.

Use the same network settings for Host, Laptop, and VMs.

e.g. 192.168.0.x  /, where x is a number between 1 and 254, but make sure it's unique.

2. You will need to create a P2V, physical to virtual conversion, and I would practice this, unless you want to look a fool, because these can be tricky.

Use VMware Converter, see my EE Articles.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.2 - OpenSSL HeartBleed Fix included in this version
paul williamsAuthor Commented:

The three existing VMs will all have a set IP address which I won't be able to change. e.g. 90.90.0.x

But theres no issue I guess with changing the IP of the host (ESXi or otherwise) to match this scheme. Same for laptop.

There will be a switch available so physical connectivity-wise I guess I could connect both ESXi host and physical laptop to this. Then laptop would be able to see VM hosts? Is this right?

Or are you suggesting a virtual laptop would be a better idea?
I have already done a P2V of my laptop with few problems already.

One thing - if I did this though, how would I add these VMs to the new ESXi? I'd need to be able to run the Vsphere client from somewhere in order to add all these in the first place?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There should be no issues in changing the Host IP or Laptop IP.

Correct, if all on the same LAN, Laptop, and Host, if you need to access the VMs, they will also need to be on the same LAN e.g. 90.x.x.x

2. Somehow create a VM of existing client machine and use this?

You stated above, to do this you would convert it to a virtual machine.

Correct, you do need to have at least one physical workstation/laptop for management!
paul williamsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for kind assistance once again.

Dont totally understand virtual networking. What should the network settings for the VMs be?

As you suggest, plan is for all three VMs, plus host, plus external laptop to be on same vlan (i.e. 90.x.x.x

At the moment, testing on my laptop, I've loaded two VMs and its set the network connection to Named Network (VLAN 90). Is this correct?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No need to use VLANs, don't get confused with these....no need!

What I meant was give ALL computers, an IP Address of 90.x.x.x, so they can all communicate with each other.

see another of my Articles

HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

just use the standard VM Network for ALL. (VMs).

Give ALL VMs, IP Address

paul williamsAuthor Commented:
Yes. I see. What about network connection type in settings for the VM?

At the moment, its set to VLAN90 which I assume is what it got from the live environment. For this simple test, should it be set to Bridged so that all vms plus anything external can see each other?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Delete the VLAN90, it's not needed, in your simple environment.

To delete this you will need to change the Virtual Machine Network Properties.

Select Host > Configuration > Networking > Proiperties of vSwitchX - Select the network > remove the VLAN ID label 90!

Bridged Networking does not exist in ESXi. That is a function of VMware Workstation.
paul williamsAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Ah explains it since im using workstation for testing.

So what should networking properties be set to (in both workstation and esxi)?
paul williamsAuthor Commented:
superb once again
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