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People,

I've got old HP DL 360 G7 servers which I install ESXi 5.5U3 server running multiple different VM with direct access to the internet through ADSL modem

vSwitch 1 (default) - VM Network label - 192.168.1.0/24
I already deployed 10x VMs with the same subnet as the ADSL router.

vSwitch 2 (default) - VM Network 2 label - 10.1.1.0/24
So how do I deploy another 10x VM with different subnet like above and get it to talk / route between custom subnet to the internet subnet on vSwitch 1 (default) - VM Network label - 192.168.1.0/24

Thanks,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to have a router, between the two networks 192.168.1.0 and 10.1.1.0.

and the router needs to be connected to two different physical network interfaces on your ESXi server.

I assume that vSwitch1 and vSwitch2 are both connected to two uplinks (physical nics).

ESXi provides no routing, so you will need a physical router (not the ADSL unit!).

If you do not have a physical router, you can use a virtual router, see the following software

1. Freesco

2. Vyatta now Brocade

3. monowall

We've always used Freesco, I think it was the first, but many do no like it, because they find their head hurst setting it up, and prefer Vyatta, but since Brocade purchase them, I don't think their is a community edition anymore (e.g. free version!)

you could use

http://vyos.net/wiki/Main_Page

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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Yes,

vSwitch 1 (default) - VM Network label - 192.168.1.0/24
connect with the uplinks to the ADSL modem/router


vSwitch 2 (default) - VM Network 2 label - 10.1.1.0/24
no uplinks.

So I guess I will need to download the Vyos appliance and then route them using 2x vNIC connected to each VM network ?
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hm.. interesting, it seems VMware also got similar technology the paid appliance called VMware NSX https://pubs.vmware.com/NSX-6/index.jsp#com.vmware.nsx.admin.doc/GUID-10944155-28FF-46AA-AF56-7357E2F20AF4.html

Is that correct Andrew ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So I guess I will need to download the Vyos appliance and then route them using 2x vNIC connected to each VM network ?

Correct.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware NSX, is a much bigger thing.... but yes.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew I posted another follow up question

http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28912988/VMWare-NSX-Citrix-Netscaler-and-Brocade-SteelApp.html

Which one do you think is better suited for virtual exchange server 2013/2016 running on VMWare ESXi ?
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