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Isolated network on ESXi 6.5

hi all, I am seeking a best approach with what I am trying to do. I have ESXi 6.5 hosting multiple VMs and vCenter 6.5 managing multiple hosts. I would like to create a totally separate additional network (without destroying my current setup including the network management) for which I would like to use to host a DC and multiple VMs. As you can see from the attached image, my current infrastructure has vmk0/vswitch0 as a management network and vmk1/vswitch1 (VMkernel adaptors) for datastores on the top iSCSI.

To achieve what I am trying to do should I be using a virtual router or are their any other options? What sort of virtual router would you be using? If your could help or provide some links, it will be really great.

Thank you very much.
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To create an isolated network you just need to create a new vSwitch with no physical uplinks e.g. Physical network interfaces and create a virtual machine network and label as isolated

Then select this network against network interface in the VM

This is completely isolated

No need for virtual router

But the question is do you want isolated or not?
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Thanks Andrew for your quick response. Sorry I forgot to mentioned I still want the machines sitting under this isolated network (from the rest my network) to be able to talk to the internet.
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Thanks again Andrew. Let me try and see what happen.
and configure the virtual router, correctly, with complete gateways.
If you would allow one of the Windows VM to be on both networks (two vNICs) it would work running RRAS and enabling routing.
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hi Andrew and Qlemo, I have decided to use pfsense, the system I am already familair with. It is working and operational perfectly. Thank you for all your assistance.
any router would work, take your pick....

don't forget to select a solution.