Create Isolated Network in Vmware

In VMware, I believe you can create an isolated Network and create VMs inside of it. it is mainly used for testing. it will be different network from Production
Well, then  the only way to access the isolated network, I guess it is by going to Vcenter and find the isolated Network and open console of the VMs.

However if I have  a piece of software that I need to be installed on those VMs that are inside the isolated Network, Can I just copy the install package to Vcenter server and from there access it through the VMs in the isolated Network ?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In the network settings for the guest machine, select Host only network setting. That will isolate your machine. Do not use NAT or Bridged networks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In VMware, I believe you can create an isolated Network and create VMs inside of it. it is mainly used for testing. it will be different network from Production
Well, then  the only way to access the isolated network, I guess it is by going to Vcenter and find the isolated Network and open console of the VMs.

This is correct, you have hit the nail on the head. You could if friendly with your Network Manager, could setup a test VLAN network, but you would then have to also have a physical computer, on the same VLAN, of the ability to "configure" the nic on your laptop for that VLAN. e.g. Mac Book or Linux Laptop can do this easily.



However if I have  a piece of software that I need to be installed on those VMs that are inside the isolated Network, Can I just copy the install package to Vcenter server and from there access it through the VMs in the isolated Network ?

Not exactly vCenter Server has no access to the VMs.

But why not copy the contents, the application, create an ISO, upload the iso to the datastore, and connect the ISO to the VM.

This is how we do it! Simple!

see my EE Articles

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

or we use this Fling!

It's also worth looking at The free VMware Guest Console

http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vgc

The free VMware Guest Console, an experimental application created by VMware Labs, is a great tool for managing vSphere VM processes and files. You can view, sort and kill processes across all VMs, and you can also run a script on all Windows or Linux VMs, and also copy files to VMs!
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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