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I'm new to Vmware but managed to install VMware server on a desktop and create a virtual machine with server 2003. My problem is my virtual machine can accept incoming connections other than internet. I can access the internet without a problem but I tried to enable remote desktop and I can't connect to the IP of the VM. Upon checking the settings of the virtual adapters I'm completely confused how any of this works. So here's what I have.
The host machine has an IP of 10.8.5.102
The host machine now has 2 new virtual adapters, Local Area Connection 2 with IP 192.168.237.1 and no gateway. In the description it says it's for VMnet8. The other new virtual adapter is called VMware Network Adapter VMnet1 with IP 192.168.48.1 and no gateway.
Now my virtual machine I gave a static IP of 10.8.5.20 with all the same settings I would have given a real machine on my network including gateway and DNS settings.
So looking at the information I provided can someone tell me if I'm incorrectly configured and what the purposes of the 2 virtual connections are on the host machine?
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your two interfaces are set up backwords from the looks of it.  VMNET8 is ussually a NAT interface, the VMNET1 is ussually a bridged interface.  You said you have no gateway can you look at netstat -rn and see what you 0.0.0.0 > adress is.  This will tell you your gateway.  Also if you are getting to the internet on the 10 address I would make sure that the windows firewall is off.
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When I check in the Virtual network settings it is listed the way you describe it should be.
VMnet0(Bridged) - bridged to Intel (physical NIC)
VMnet1(Host-only) - A private network shared with the host. 192.168.48.0
VMnet8(NAT) - Used to share the host's IP address. 192.1668.237.0

To clarify the VM does have a GW that I entered manually along with the 10.8.5.20 IP.
What I was unsure about was if the IPs of the other virtual NICs were correct since my VM has a 10.8.5.20 IP, also do I need to do anything special to enable inbound connections to this VM?
Also the VM OS is windows server 2003 so there is no firewall enabled by default.

C:\>netstat -rn

IPv4 Route Table
===========================================================================
Interface List
0x1 ........................... MS TCP Loopback interface
0x10003 ...00 0c 29 1f fa d1 ...... VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter
===========================================================================
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination        Netmask                   Gateway       Interface      Metric
0.0.0.0                             0.0.0.0                     10.8.5.1          10.8.5.20     10
10.8.5.0                           255.255.255.0         10.8.5.20        10.8.5.20     10
10.8.5.20                         255.255.255.255     127.0.0.1        127.0.0.1     10
10.255.255.255               255.255.255.255     10.8.5.20        10.8.5.20     10
127.0.0.0                         255.0.0.0                 127.0.0.1        127.0.0.1      1
224.0.0.0                         240.0.0.0                 10.8.5.20        10.8.5.20     10
255.255.255.255             255.255.255.255     10.8.5.20        10.8.5.20      1
Default Gateway:          10.8.5.1
===========================================================================
Persistent Routes:
  None

C:\>
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No you shouldn't have you looked at your switch you are plugged in to, on my cisco switches I have to disable port security so that the arps can show two MAC addresses on the same port.
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by:js479
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I'll check, in this office we're using a managed Dell switch, 5324  I think.
I'm not sure if this helps but I've found I can connect to the VM from the host machine. I can remote desktop to it and see the shares I set up, but only on the host computer.
All other machines in the network can resolve the name to the correct IP but it won't even respond to a ping request.
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I hate having open questions but this project got pushed to the back burner. First chance I get I'll test this and update the question.
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Closing question due to project being abandoned.
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