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Cannot access the Internet in Virtual PC 2007 SP1

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I have a Windows Server 2008 VM configured using Virtual PC 2007 and cannot access either my local network nor the internet. The host machine is Windows Vista Business x64. I used to be able to easily access the internet without any configuration previously. The VM used to be assigned an internal IP via DHCP and I use to reserve the address using my router as the VM was used as a Web Server. However ever since I re-installed Windows Vista the VM cannot access the network. Also the DHCP assigned address on the VM is not on my local network .. it is an Auto assigned 169.139.x.x address and not the usual 192.168.x.x internal IP on my local network. The windows firewall on Vista is properly configured to let Virtual PC access the network. I even specifically created an Outbound rule in the firewall for Virtual PC but to no avail. Is there anything I am missing.
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Hi cranialsurge,

The reason you have the 169 address is because your NIC's driver's aren't loaded in your VM server 2008. You'll have to find compatible drivers for your NIC before your VM will be able to receive the correct IP address.

Hope this helps.

Cheers.
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Hi JoWickerman,

Thanks for getting back to me. I have never had this problem before though. I have reinstalled Vista multiple times and the VMs have worked perfectly. This is the first time the VM is unable to configure itself to the network. VM Additions have been installed too. I am using an nForce based board so the network controller is an nVidia device. It is odd to suddenly have this problem crop up when it has never happened before. The only thing that I have done differently in this case is that I have not installed a firewall solution. In the previous cases I used to have Symantec Endpoint security installed. Could that be the problem ?
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That's quite strange. I would've thought that If you had Symantec installed that you might have a connection issue and not the other way around. I have VM running on my laptop (Vista Enterprise) with server 2008 and I had to install the NIC drivers as well as display for the VM.

First thing I usually do is to disable Windows Firewall.

Did you check the VM's device manager?
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Hey there,

I checked the device manager, there are no uninstalled or problem hardware devices listed at all. This is weird, All I did was reinstall Vista and I got this problem. I never had any problems with drivers befoer. It was as simple as installing the VM and it used to automatically hook on to my local network and the internet.
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And the problem still persists?
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Yea. Its annoying. I can't figure out what is wrong. I have NIS 2009 running now instead of Symantec Endpoint but that shouldn't even matter.
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Hi,

Sorry for the late reply.

Did you try to manually set the Virtual PC's ip address?
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Hi,

Are you satisfied with the solution? Can we close this post?

Cheers.
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I wasn't really able to solve the problem at all. I guess I will have to give up trying at least for now. Thanks a ton for all the help
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The problem might have been persistent to my scenario only and was not easily reproduced.
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