Virtual Switch Types

Before installing the VM-Series, you must create the vSwitches required for providing external connectivity for management access and for routing traffic from and to the virtual machines that the firewall will secure. Hyper-V allows you to create three types of vSwitches:
  • External vSwitch
    —binds to a physical network adapter and provides the vSwitch access to a physical network.
  • Internal vSwitch
    —passes traffic between the virtual machines and the Hyper-V host. This type of vSwitch does not provide connectivity to a physical network connection.
  • Private vSwitch
    —passes traffic between the virtual machines on the Hyper-V host only.
An external vSwitch is required for management of the VM-Series firewall. Other vSwitches connected to the VM-Series firewall can be of any type and will depend on your network topology.

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