Vmware Machines in a DMZ

I would like to know if I need to put some VM machines in a DMZ (between 2 physical firewall appliances), then do I need to put a physical ESX server in the DMZ , or there is another way  to do that ?

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jskfanAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
one place where i was recently, we had the dmz vlan accessible from the esx host and whatever guests we were putting there, just selected the adapter for that vlan
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would never put a ESXi Host Management Network on a DMZ.

But ESXi hosts can Host VMs, in a DMZ, with correct networking.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Just run the Cat5/6 cable to the switch in DMZ on one end and the Nic of ESX server on the other end ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, make sure it's a different vSwitch with different Virtual Machine Portgroup and label DMZ
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
If My ESX host has 2 or more physical Nics, can I plug one of them to the switch in DMZ and leave others plugged to the switch inside the Network ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, but then, you have instroduced a single point of failure, with only a nic per vSwitch, you should have at least two!
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
so what do you suggest if I need to have VMs in the DMZ ?

an ESX host with 4 Nics?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I meant an ESX server with 2 Nics inside the network and 2 Nics in the DMZ ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well you can have a ESXi host with two nics, since vSwitch, and VLANs.

if you do not use VLANs, then ESXI host with four nics, two nics per vSwitch.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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