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How to communicate between two computers

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I am using VMWare Workstation 6.0.4 build 93057

I setup two virtual machines.  One Windows Server 2008 and the other Windows XP.  The purpose of this is to use it as a test lab... this is on my laptop.  I setup Server 2008 as DHCP, DNS, and as an Active Directory domain.  I am having trouble configuring both machines to where they will communicate with each other.  I of course want the XP machine to obtain it's ip address from the domain but first and foremost, I have to make sure they can communicate.  My first question is ... What type of network connection should I choose?  NAT, Bridged?  Also keep in mind that I am not wired into a network.  No Ethernet cable is plugged in to the NIC of my laptop.  Any suggestions for my first question?
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I'm not sure it is possible to have the server issue the IP dynamically.  This is because if you have the VM clone the IP of the laptop then it's fixed and if you give it it's own IP  then the router will issue the IP.  I think you're better off issuing a static IP.

Please correct me if I'm wrong on this, I'm relatively new to VM's.
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