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Old 12-12-2012, 01:13 PM
Default Astaro in a ESXi VM, best network setup?

I've used Astaro previously in a VM running on a Windows host but have now finally updated to a full ESXi setup. I have more options available here for the network setup then I did within the Windows host, so I'm wondering what the best way to setup Astaro would be.

I have plenty of physical NIC ports to pass through and dedicate 2 ports to Astaro, one for the WAN, the other for the LAN. I figure this would be best as there would not be a need for the network traffic to transverse through the emulated VMXNET 3 (lots of gamers in the home so ping times are a concern, however small the affect may be). However, the ESXi will also be running a couple of VMs that will need access to the WAN, so keeping the network traffic entirely on a vSwitch for those VMs instead of having to go through 2 physical NICs and a physical switch seems like a more logical choice. However, being that this is also just a cable internet connection (30Mbps/5Mbps), I'm unsure which setup would be the best performing, or if it even matters with these speeds.

Maybe a compromise of 2 NICs pass-through (WAN, LAN) and a vswitch on a 3rd to bridge in Astaro with the LAN nic?
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