I am new to VMWare and I would like to know if a vSwitch can be extended across multiple ESXs.
My goal is to deploy a Virtual Firewall that has two interfaces and outside and inside interface.
The outside interface is connected to a virtual switch with connections to uplinks to external connectivity.
The inside interface is connected to an internal isolated protected vSwitch with no uplinks.
I have the need to extend the internal switch risiding on ESX1 for example to another ESX2 server where I can deploy other servers to be protected over the same virtual firewall.
Good afternoon, hope you are fine.
What you will have is a DVS, this DVS (Distributed Virtual Switch) will be used by all the hosts that you define. My question is, is the DFW going to use for north - south traffic only, or is it going to be used for east - west traffic as well? If this is the scenario, you will need to use NSX.
Yes all hosts can be connected to a distributed switch for central management and administration. However you will require the Enterprise Plus licence for all hosts CPUs to use that distributed switch. (or if you have vSAN, the distributed switch feature is included)