I am using a PC with Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2, and I installed VMware Workstation 6, using as VMware's networking option, Network Bridging.
Networking between my Virtual Machine (Guest)'s XP and Real Machine (Host)'s XP did not work, until I reconfigured Host's XP network connections in order to disable DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol - the protocol for automating the configuration of computers that use TCP/IP). Since all TCP/IP settings were manually configured, networking between my Virtual Machine (Guest)'s XP and Real Machine (Host)'s XP is finally working!
However, a new problem appeared In my Real Machine, suddenly and with no apparent reason, all my network settings were destroyed and setted to wrong values; and the worst thing (I think) when I opened the Network Connections window, the Network Bridge (MAC Bridge Miniport) disappeared!!
I manually re-configured the network settings, but since Network Bridge is not accessible on RM, my VM can't network with RM, and thus no Internet access is possible (on VM) nor other tasks that imply networking. This is a very severe handicap!! Without networking, virtualization becomes almost useless!
What do you suggest? This is a very serious problem to me, causing severe damage on my digital life... Please help me!
Thanks in advance.