Virtual LANs and VMware Host Access

We have a VMWare ESXi 4 infrastructure that we wanted to have VM’s with two separated networks: DMZ and Internal. This was accomplished by using the VLAN tags within the virtual switches to separate the traffic. However, when the VLAN tags were implemented on the separate switches, then we could no longer access the host itself at it’s ip address. The reason was that we did not assign a VLAN ID to the host itself. This can be done at the configuration option of the ESXi console (F2). Alternatively, one could have a completely isolated NIC card that is just for servicing the host machine that is independent of the NIC card(s) for the embedded VM’s.

Networking VMware NIC VLAN ESX