Help Needed - Networking Configuration for simple nested lab..

Hi Folks

I am struggling with the basic network configuration for a simple nested lab environment for personal use. I am hoping someone can please point me in the right direction..

My setup is as follows:-

Single PC, 64GB ram

Workstation Pro 15.5, inside of which I have created:-

1 x Virtual esxi 6.7 install, inside of which I have created:-

1 x VM (fw appliance)

Steps so far:-

Installed VM Workstation. Added vmnet2, host-only. Configured vmnet2 nic on my pc with

Installed esxi 6.7 inside workstation and I have gained access to the esxi environment via the browser on my workstation ( I presume I can access this IP from my workstation because the vmnet8 connection type is set to NAT?

From the esxi client browser I created the FW appliance VM and assigned a management IP of during the install. When I view the network settings from esxi the default nic config is applied (Network Adapter 1, type VMXNET 2 (Enhanced)).

The issue I have is that I cannot ping from my workstation ( therefore i cannot remotely manage the fw VM via my pc browser.

I am not fully understanding what is required in network terms to allow my workstation access to the FW VM inside esxi.

I have attached screenshots of the config thus far..

Thanks, hcnuc

Message was edited by: hc nuc

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You need to post details of the vSwitch configuration from ESXi (port groups, uplink ports, how the uplink ports map to the virtual NICs that you gave the ESXi VM.

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