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ESXi Server, VLANs, Trunks ...will this allow VMs to talk to each other?

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I reveived some OVAs and an instruction book to set up an ESXi Server for testing.
Reading the instruction guide, it appears they are setting up one vSwitch with two physical nics (one as a failover).  

ESXi-1 mgt is set to VLAN 50.  
The virtual machines currently only have (1) Network Interface
The networking setup for ESXi-1 shows a single virtual switch (vswitch0) configured to use (2) physical ethernet interfaces
in an Active (vmnic0) and Standby (vmnic1) configuration.

The ESXi-1 host is configured as ESXi port 1 as vmnic0 and ESXi port 2 as vmnic1

It shows
ESXi-1 port 1  Trunk  VLANs=20,30,50
ESXi-1 port 2  Trunk  VLANs=20,30,50

VLAN 20 =
VLAN 30 =
VLAN 50 =

Then, they have two port groups off of vSwitch0 set with VLANs (101,102).

VLAN 101 (Port Group INF) =
VLAN 102 (Port Group FMT) =

The DC is on INF (DC
Two VMs on FMT (VM-FM1, VM-FM2

There are two VMs on DE_FXT  based on the OVA deployment instructions.
(VM-DE1, VM-DE2  

Will this setup require an L3 switch?

Does the diagram correspond to what is to be set up?
  ESXi Server set to VLAN 50
  Trunked Ports for VLANs on the switch
   Port Groups with VLANs

Will this setup require an L3 switch?

Is it possible to set his up using pfsense and not connect to a physical switch?
Something like a sandbox set up with no physical switch backing?

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