VMWare ESXi 4 networking?
Over the summer we have stepped in to the world of virtualisation using Citrix XenServer. Now that this is in place we are looking to virtualise a few of our other low use servers. Due to OS support we are now also using ESXi 4.0.
I have managed to P2V a Windows 2003 box on to our ESXi server but am now confused about how the networking of this guest OS works. Under XenServer, you assign the guest machine an IP address as you would a physical machine. In ESXi I am now shown two "VMWare Virtual Ethernet Adapter" devices with 192.168.x.x addresses. I presume that there is some NAT happening, somewhere, but I had intended to keep this virtualised machine in its original IP address.
Can any ESXi users tell me how I can get this virtual machine to use it's original IP? Or quickly explain EXSi's guest networking system?
Cannot get VMs to connect to the physical network
I have installed a ESXi 4.0 installable on a VMplayer machine and got it working (it can run vm inside) but I have a problem. I can connect only to the management network from outside, an VMs that run into ESXi cannot connect to the outside. I have created another virtual switch with a nic connected to it. This nic is in a network 192.168.137.0/24 and the ip range is detected correctly from the ESXi server (it is visible in the vsphere client).But when I attach a virtual machine to the vswitch (setting up a vport of course) I cannot get any connection to the outside and I cannot get any config from the outside DHCP server. Even if I config the ip manually I don't get any connection.
Do you have any idea why this doesn't work?