Connecting to VMs from desktop/laptop

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

I am trying to setup my own lab and have recently bought a server with 48GB ram and 2TB raid 5. It is running Win 2008 Enterprise server and I have 5 VMs running. I have solaris X86, Ubuntu 8.1 desktop/server, and 3 Win2K3 EE.

I have Oracle 11G, MySQL, Postgres, SQL Server2008 Enterprise, Informatica, Siebel, OBIEE, Business Objects, Oracle Fusion, Sugar CRM and Pentaho. I can connect from within the VMs and am able to run jobs or sql etc.

I am now trying to setup connectivity from my desktop or laptop and be able to use Toad or Informatica client, Siebel Tools, BI Publisher desktop to connect.

My question is what do i need to setup/change to make this happen?

Router gateway: (server, desktop, and laptop all on DHCP and get 192.168.10.x )
VMWare Gateway - (VMs are setup to have dedicated IPs)


Question by:enigmacmpr
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    Expert Comment

    Are the VMs all on the network as well? If so, can you ping any of them from the router, assuming you can access this function from the router.
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    Accepted Solution

    Are you running vmware server 2 on your win2k8 server? What is the current network adapter connection type for each VM?

    If you are using NAT, you can setup port forwarding to each VM ip address using the "manage virtual network" from the start menu

    Or you can set all VMs network connection type to bridge so that they will be part of physical network
    But you need to give new ip to each or set them to get ip automatically from your dhcp server

    Author Comment

    All VMs are on the network. All VMs are using NAT. I have not done any special configuration.

    I also wanted to add that the server has two nic cards. I am not using the 2nd one, as I was not sure how to setup VMWare to use the 2nd nic etc.


    Author Closing Comment

    I set up the network using the bridge option mentioned in the solution.

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