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I brought a new server with one static IP. So My problem is - I don't have extra static IP service providers charging me very high amounts. So, Inside ESXi I'm running one Ubuntu server so is it possible to connect Ubuntu server direct via ssh using port forwarding on ESXI.

Internally I have created a simple Vulnerable Lab for Exploitation.

I don't have much idea about this ESXi Server please help me.

If anyone knows please tell me. How to get internet connection on Ubuntu server and ssh port forwarding.

Thanks !!

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As a fellow ESXi noob, I can assure you that you can't simply use one static IP with an ESXi setup. The problem is that ESXi is not a router itself, and it won't do any sort of routing for you. All it'll do is connect the NIC to a virtual machine. It's pretty inflexible. You'd either have to use a hardware router in front of ESXi, or get a minimum of two different separately routable public IPs allocated to the ESXi box (one for ESXi and one for the guests). –  allquixotic Jan 3 '13 at 13:38
Thanks for replying. –  Jeckor Jan 3 '13 at 13:56

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Purchase a router and place it in front of the ESX system facing the internet with your one IP. Configure the router to handle port forwarding/NAT for the network. Even a home router will do this but perhaps not best for a system that needs 7X24 uptime

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My understand your concern is the high charge for a static IP. well, if you already have a statis public IP. and of course you have a modem, you need to drop a line from the modem to a switch, then one line from your switch to your LAN, and one line to your ESX LAN through router such as juniper firewall. how to setup an ESX LAN is another story. Note: ESX LAN could be a different name. used ESX just as example.

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Although I understand what you're saying, I don't think this answers the OP's question as to how he gets an internet connection and ssh forwarding to his VM... at least not specifically. –  JoshP Jan 3 '13 at 20:44

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