In my previous post, I described how to connect 4 switches using ESXi.
As you are aware that Vios-L2 image only takes 384 Mb of Ram ( I have assigned 512 MB) we can build the same topology using Vmware Workstation.
However using Vmware Workstation there can be maximum of 19 Adapters only.
In Order to meet the above requirement, we need 13 cables.
We need to go to Vmware Workstation — Edit — Virtual Network Editor.
The very important step here is that we need to add the network making sure we UNSELECT ( Connect a host virtual adapter to this network) and also UNSELECT ( Use Local DHCP Service) and hit apply.
You need to repeat the procedure for number of cables you need in your topology. I did this for 13 times.
Below are the screen shots of my network adapter settings from the 4 switches :
Once you do the above settings and start the switches
Below is the network Diagram for the same.
Hope this helps!!!!!