VMware Fusion: accessing an Apache2.2.x Virtual host on Host Machine from WindowsXP guest machine

Im running Apache2.2.x on OSx 10.5.5. Ive configured a couple virtual hosts;
local.clientname.com, clientname2.dev etc... and added them to the host file and
associated the to and All works when accessing them from the mac.
But What I need to do is access then for the Guest Windows Machine via
http://local.clientname.com and so on. The closest Google search I could come
up with was from a drupal site[http://drupal.org/node/238805] that said to add
the NAT address given to the guest by VMWare to the Windows host file.
Like This,  local.clientname.com. This doesn't appear to do anything.
I still get this error:
From Firefox - can't establish a connection to the server at local.clientname.com.
from IE -The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable.
The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties,
or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

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I would forget about the NAT mode, and use bridge networking. Assign the guest an empty ip on the same subnet as the host. Problem solved.

This is like if the guest was next to the host computer.
Because as you have it it seems that the NAT is introducing problems in your config.
ScottshaneAuthor Commented:
I have all the confidence in the world that what you suggest will work flawlessly. But here the thing . I Use window for IE testing only. I don't know anything about windows networking so I would know were to start to "assigning an empty IP on the same subnet as the host"
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very simple, look at your ip configuration in mac. In system preferences, Network.

Tell me what it says. for ethernet.
or aiport in case you are using a laptop wifi
ScottshaneAuthor Commented:
Okey, I am under the assumption there are no more computers in your network.

On turn off the vmachine guest. On settings for networks use bridged instead of nat.

Boot up the windows machine.

Go to control panel, Networks, Local Area connection

Select properties, Select TCP/IP press properties.(next to uninstall)

for Ip use (3 can be any number from 3- 254 not 2 beucase it alredy in use by your mac)
subnet mask
Gateway: (what ever it says on router for your mac most probably o

DNS: again what ever it says on your DNS in the mac (usually the same as the router but check your mac)

That is it. Now your guest xp is in the same network as your mac. Browse to it by opening in a browser. No more Nats to get in the way

Hope this solves your problem
ScottshaneAuthor Commented:
after setting the window machine to a static IP i gliched the whole ntework. I lost internet access on mac and windows. had to restart every thing to get internet back on mac. window w/ static IP has no access. So I set it back to DHCP which basically does what you have above. either way still can resolve a http://local.clientname.com virtual host.

If you glithced you network then the 3 ip was in use, then use another. Any wya DHCP got it working

First of all, are you seeing yo mac from the pc. In explorer do see if you get the apache server.

If not do start run, type in cmd and enter. You'll get a black screen in a window with a prompt. type:

If both test pass you are good. we can do the next step.
ScottshaneAuthor Commented:
I use 9. checked the routers DCHP table to make sure and the only 2 IP were x.x.x.2(the mac of course) and x.x.x.6 another mac. So I used x.x.x.9.

I do see http://192.168.2 from IE. And for safety I pinged as you suggested and it's all good as well.

Also a bit more info.
On the mac the etc/host looks like this for the vhosts:

##Ive tried both, separately. and both work on mac/ neither on PC
#      local.clientname.com    local.clientname.com


<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin admin@local.clientname.com
    DocumentRoot "/Users/username/Sites/local.clientname.com/www"
    ServerName local.clientname.com
    ErrorLog /private/var/log/apache2/local.clientname.com-error_log
    CustomLog /private/var/log/apache2/local.clientname.com-access_log common
      <Directory "/Users/username/Sites/local.clientname.com">
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews Includes
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
        Deny from none

Yep that is good and all you are on the same network


The final reason why the name in the url is not working is the following. In order to resolve names you need a DNS. Since you've stated this a test bench a dns would not be the best solution. So as you've discover on you mac you need to hardcode a host file. This takes the place of the DNS server for name resolving.

The final step is easy, you need to do this for your windows XP.

The file is located on c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
it is called hosts. Edit it as you did your mac file by adding the line local.clientname.com

save it, and you are done.


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ScottshaneAuthor Commented:
Thanks a million. Works Perfectly. and I even learn a little about the Windows. Thanks again.
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