I’ve posted more than a couple of articles on running vSphere inside of VMware Workstation. One thing we haven’t done a deep dive is how to setup networking in the environment to do things such as vMotion, DRS and Storage. Also, the ability to access nested VM’s from your production network.
In this post, I’ll show how to create the sample lab in VMware Workstation 8.
Just as in a production environment we have 4 isolated networks in this configuration.
Management: This network will be used for VMkernel traffic dedicated to the management of ESXi.
iSCSI: This network is used for SAN traffic. This can be iSCS, NFS or NAS
vMotion: Traffic is dedicated to vMotion/DRS traffic.
Production: This network is for our Virtual Machines.
To support the hardware configuration in ESXi we need to add 3 additional NIC’s to our virtual ESXi host. Each NIC needs to be in a dedicated vmnet as shown below.
I normally assign a NAT’d IP address to my management interface. This isn’t required but since my vCenter is normally on a NAT’d interface my Management network ends up on the same interface. Once we’ve added the NIC’s we need to configure the virtual network to support our “Production” switch. This is done by using the Virtual Network Editor that comes with VMware Workstation 8. The vmnet we are utilizing for the “Production” network should be in Bridge mode. This will allow access to the nested VM’s via your physical network.
This configuration will furhter enhance your value from VMware workstation 8. If you have enough memory this makes for a great foundation for a VDI lab to test using physical workstations.
Update 7/20/12: I’ve added a tutorial video to my YouTube channel on how to setup this entire environment.