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Network access out from Workstation VM without exposing host?

I have a HomeLAN and TestLAN which are isolated on separate subnets and vlans on my home network.

I have a Windows 10 desktop PC which is running VMware Workstation v15.5.6 and has multiple NICs.

I want my VMs to have access to TestLAN ONLY. But – I also want TestLAN traffic to hit the VMs, and not the host. Currently I have a NIC configured as a bridged connection to vmnet0 and this NIC is configured on the TestLAN subnet and connected to a port on my switch which is configured to only allow TestLAN access. VMs can communicate out to other devices on TestLAN.

However my issue is that since the host NIC has an address on TestLAN, that the host is exposed on this network. I do not want this to be the case. I do not want the host to have RDP, file sharing, etc protocols exposed on this network.

What I don’t understand is how to allow the VMs access to TestLAN without exposing the host to this network.

I do have a pfSense router on the network and all managed switches. I was initially thinking that I could somehow trunk multiple vlans into a virtual switch but I don’t think I can do that in Workstation.

Thoughts?


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