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Unable to get more than 2 NICS working at the same time on VM Ware Server?!

Despite trying for weeks, I've been completely unable to get VMWare working with more than 2 bridged network connections at the same time.

I am trying to run 3 machines at the same time - 2 Windows Servers, and a Linux box.  

I'm pretty much at my wits end.  The Windows Server VM Ware images are identical, and they work independently of each other.  If I shut one down, and then reboot the non-working image, it works.  Then I load up the image that was shutdown, and it doesn't work.

The network settings are identical.  I've messed with the settings in VMWare server, I tried adding another Virtual Adapter, but nothing works!

Has anyone seen this problem before or know how to troubleshoot it?
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I suggest you use the NAT instead of the bridge for one of the VMWare images to resolve this issue.

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Did you sysprepped the images? and do they have a different ip when booting?

If you have a clone of an other machine, and boot it up you could have troubles (especially in a domain). And if the network settings are the same you could ending up with the same ip (i hope you have enabled DHCP).
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Hi there,

They all have different IPs, and I just ran NewSID on the Windows PC - exactly the same situation.  Just now I shut down the Linux server, and the 2 Windows machines were up and running fine.

Then I booted up the Linux machine and tried pinging a host :

From icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable.

This is pinging to the router.  Pinging its own address (.9) works fine.

I can't set one to NAT, I need to have it working independently of the host machine.

Any other ideas or suggestions or ways to troubleshoot?

Is there anything on the server or in VMWare that might be limiting the images to only 2 network connections?

I don't understand why you can't use NAT - do you require a Public IP to be used on the VM, because if you don't the VM will pretty much run the same as if it was bridged - in all cases each VM does require to utilize the resources of the machine it is sitting on and I doubt that NAT will make it less independent.

The only difference will be in the IP address that will be given to the VM.
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