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Virtual Server 2005 - hosting over the net

Last Modified: 2013-11-30
Hi Guys, got a weird issue here, wondering if you can help.

Basically i decided to host Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition at home on an XP Pro SP2 machine (in a workgroup). I used to have various physical machines setup and in the end got fed up with the noise and decided to just have one powerful XP box and run my test labs on Virtual.

I have used SelfSSL to create a secure connection for the admin website & SSL on the VMRC is also enabled.

I registered a domain and now use port redirection to point the port to that specific XP box on my net.

Internally everything works a treat.

Externally, i go to the site, pops up with the cert, i accept and then get asked for credentials, so i put in an acocunt that is admin on the box. It connects to the admin website and i can see all my virtual machines which is great.

The problem is when i click on the thumbnail to view the machine and the screen comes up with "connecting to server" and after 20-30secs then comes up with "no connection".

Now i knw this isnt an active X issue as i connect to other virtual servers from this machine and it fine.
Cant be permissions as the user account is a member of the administrators group.
Tried turning off SSL to the VMRC and made no difference.
on another site someone mentioned editing the Dcom permissions, so went through dcomcnfg and added the account in with full permissions but made no difference.
I only have one IP assigned to the machine.
I dont use XP firewall & have tried turning my personal firewall off and no difference.
Ive also tried connecting from an external machine that isnt behind a corporate firewall and no luck

Has anyone managed to host virtual servers over the net like this?

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Make sure you have all the needed ports forworded.

Using VMRC behind a firewall
If you are using the VMRC client behind a firewall, you must open several ports:

" Port 5900, which is the default port for the VMRC server
" Port 1024, which is the default port for the Administration Website
" Ports 137 and 138, the TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports, for the Kerberos V5 ticket-granting authority

For more information, see Using the VMRC client to access virtual machines.

Found at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/virtualserver/2005/proddocs/vs_deploy_secure_vs.mspx?mfr=true


I actually ended up putting it in the DMZ so it was completely open to the Internet and it still didnt work :(

Any other ideas
Can you access Virtual Server internally?


yep i can access internally no problem.

I can get to the admin website externally, but just not connect to the virtual machines
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If i do that i cant even get to the admin website anymore....i think it must be a bug with running it on XP or something  :(


has anyone managed to get this working on XP SP2?
I'm sorry I can't be of more help.  It works perfectly on Windows Server 2003...so im not sure why it won't work with Windows XP.

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