My first Datastore and VLAN


Sorry if this isn’t the right group, I did look for a newbie group for VMware.

I’m just setting up my home lab using an Intel NUC which is really nice and small and great for my home lab and studies.

It comes with 32GB of mem and a 500GB M.2 SSD.

1.) I’ve installed ESXi (free) 6.7 CU2 and it installed it onto my 500GB drive and created a ‘datastore1’. My question is how can I create another datastore called ‘Datastore2’? as I want to put my ISOs in there. Do I need to install another disk?

2.) I will be adding 4 Centos VMs 2 on VLAN 10 and 2 on VLAN 20, how do I add them to their own VLANs? I’ve read that I create 2 vswitches and add the VLAN tag to each then add the servers to them?


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  1. 1) If you created Datastore1 using default values, it is using all of the available storage. However you don’t need to create a Datastore just for ISO, just make a folder called ISO on Datastore1 and put the ISO in there.

    2) Each VLAN has it’s own VM Network, but you can have multiple VM networks on the same vSwitch. When you create a VM, you assign which VM Network a vmnic is assigned to.

  2. 1) the datastore creation steps would have asked you the size. If you selected a smaller size you could have created another datastore. It’s like partitions in other OSes. But you don’t need to create another datastore for ISOs – just create a folder within datastore 1 and upload them there?

    2) the preferred way for networking, is just think of it like your physical layer. Once you present your VLANs to the pNIC of your ESXi host from the physical switch, you create 2 ‘virtual port groups’ and specify the VLAN to them.
    Then you just create your VMs and attach the vNIC(s) to those virtual switches. There’s plenty of resources on YT like [this](https://youtu.be/fEaAVcYN8AM) around this which would show it better.

    Edit: called them virtual switches – should be port groups

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