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Posted on 2007-12-05
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Here is the System configuration:
Host: Windows 2003 server x64
VMs: 4 VMs using Windows 2003 Server
VMs NIC: Bridge.  They have there own IP address

All machine are attached to the domain.  I create a share on the Host but none of the VMs sees it.  But the VMs sees all the other share on the network.  From any other machine on the network, I can access the share on my VM host.  

All permission are set properly.  I am using the same admin account to log in.  Is there an option to block VMs / host communication?

Here is error message I am getting when trying to connect from the VMs to the Host share:

\\host is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use the network ressources.  Contact the system administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

The semaphore timeout period as expired.


Regards,
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by:yjwong
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What sharing utility are you using? Are you using the one in Windows (Network-based) or the one in VMWare (Virtual Machine Host Communications Interface)?

The VNC path should be "\\.host", not "\\host" (without the dot in it). Try that and see whether it will work.
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I am using the Windows Network-base to share a folder.  I try using the my Entire network to browse to my VM host share.  I see the Host listed but when I click on it, I am getting the error message describe above.  I also try your suggestion, but it does not work.

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I think I've found the solution. The problem seems to be host-hardware based:
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/59845?tstart=0&start=0
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My server is a Dell PowerEdge 2900. After reading the link above,  It seems I need to open the case and remove a chip.  I will try that.  I let you know how it goes.
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Finally, the problem was resolve by removing the TOE chip inside the machine.  

Thank you
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