VMware vswitch shared gateway

I have been asked to create a test environment withing vsphere and so I did create a new vswitch in order to accommodate the test images and to keep them separated from our production environment, the thing is that one of the test images needs internet access, can someone help me figure what is the best solution here in order to make the production gateway available to the test environment but still keep the environment separate from the production lan?

Thank you all.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well if that concerns you the only other method, is you will need to provide a ROUTER between Production Network and Test Network.

VMware vSphere provides no routing function, out of the box, with standard switches, distributed switches.

This could be physical OR, it could be virtual. Again the new virtual machine needs to have a network interface in BOTH production and test network.

Several Virtual Router products exist for free..

1. Freesco
http://www.freesco.org/

2. Monowall
http://m0n0.ch/wall/index.php

3. Broacade Virtual Router
http://www.brocade.com/en/products-services/software-networking/network-functions-virtualization/vrouter.html

Virtual Routers, and Routing does require good networking skills and understanding.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Add another Network Interface to that VM, and make sure it's connected to the virtual machine portgroup on the Production vSwitch - done, that simple.
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jdffAuthor Commented:
My concern with that Andrew is that it will receive an ip from the production network and therefore be available to the production network which it can not happen.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you require any additional help t close out this question?
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jdffAuthor Commented:
Just wanted to share that Veeam has a great Virtual Lab feature and that I was able to acomplish this routing just fine.
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