Virtual PC doesn't connect to network

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I have a VPC 2007 running Vista on a Vista host.  This is on a laptop connected wirelessly to my home network.  The host connects fine and gets its IP dynamically.  The VPC is set to NAT for the network configuration and also gets its IP dynamically.  The VPC says that it is connected but it can't surf.

The VPC can ping itself, router, and host.  The host can't ping the VPC.  It gets timeouts.

Here are the IPs:

I imagine the problem is the VPC's IP.  I don't know why it grabs that address.  The router is setup to allocated a certain block of IPs.  There aren't any in  

I have tried configuring the VPC to use the host's network card.  That didn't work and it gets the same IP.  I have another Vista box running Vista on VPC 2007.  The VPCs setup on that box connect fine and also get the IPs.   Any suggestions what's wrong with this VPC?
Question by:brettr
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    Expert Comment

    look in you network connections and you should have some virtual network connections if you dont re setup vpc

    Author Comment

    Yes - on the host's wireless network, it has "Virtual Machine Network Services".
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    Expert Comment

    Configure the VPC to use the host's network card and set a staic IP, DNS server and default gateway and see if that works

    Author Comment

    I have tried setting a static IP such as and the gateway.  That didn't work.  What should the DNS server be?  I didn't set that.
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    Accepted Solution

    Your IP configuration is correct. Virtual PC has a built-in dhcp server that gives out addresses in the range: 192.168.131.x for x from 1 to 253, when you use shared networking.

    I suggest you capture network traffic off your wireless card to get more info:

    Vista has an outbound firewall, so you might want to check those settings also.

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    Assisted Solution

    >> What should the DNS server be?
    Depends on your configuration - if you are on a domain set it to your DC/DNS server
    if not set it you your ISPs DNS server (or in some cases the DSL/ADSL router)

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