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Windows 7 XP mode need to change NAT address assigned to XP machine

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We are attempting to set up a WIndows XP mode guest PC within a WIndows 7 32bit host.  We are having an issue with the networking.  We would like to use the Shared Networking (NAT) function so the host PC can be on either wireless or wired and the guest can still conenct, without having to change the guest settings.  However the NAT IP provided by Virtual PC is a 192.168.131.X (subnet mask 255.255.255.0) and that address range conflicts with a range already on our WAN.  Is there a way to chagne the address of the SHared Networking setting so that it utilizes something else (preferred would be something like 10.47.1.X)??  Maybe a registry key??
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How to change the DHCP Scope IP address for Windows 7 ICS
1. Stop ICS services
2. Edit the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters, replacing the IP address in ScopeAddress and ScopeAddressBackup to what you want; but, you should try to leave it in the same subnet
3. Reboot you PC.
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That shouldn't be any problem with the rest of your LAN, as in NAT the your Virtual Machine is on it's own network. The host acts as a router. So even if it gets an IP that is identical to an IP in your physical LAN it can't really conflict.
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by:jzimmerman
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DavisMcCarn:  I will give that a try.  I don't have access to teh machine in question today so I will look at that tomorrow.

Rindi:  The Virtual XP machine will be VPN'ing into our network when off-site, and the 192.168.131.X address given out conflicts with another 192.168.131.X network we already have, thus the VPN client will either fail for conflicting networks,  or we end up with all sorts of weird routing issues.
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I ahve been away and unable to review the proposed solutions.  Please give me 1 additional week to review the proposed solution from user DavisMcCarn
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DavisMcCarn: I tried your solution and unfortunately it did not work.  The XP virtual machie is still being assigned an IP address in the 192.168.X.Y range.  Anyoen have any other thoughts or suggestions??
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According to Microsoft:
To change this configuration, the Settings dialog box shown in Fig. 1 can be accessed using ‘Settings’ option under ‘Tools’ element from the VM Window’s toolbar. When you click on the ‘Networking’ setting, you will find the following four options to choose from:

1.Shared Networking (NAT) option shown in Figure 1 (Left) refers to a virtual NAT (Network Address Translation) which allows the VM to leverage the external TCP/IP network connected to the host. This is very useful if you regularly move the host computer between different network configurations. NAT is the preferred networking option when there is a shortage of IP addresses, a need to ensure the VM’s IP address is not targetable from an external network, or a need for connecting using WWAN.
2.In contrast, Bridge mode uses the network adapter on the host. This option appears in the drop down menu as the name of the adapter. In Figure 1 (Right), it is shown as Intel® 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection under Adapter 1. The VM is connected directly to the selected network connection of the Windows 7 host, and will behave like a separate physical computer on the same network. If the host has a wireless adapter, its name will appear in the dropdown list. In Bridge mode, Virtual Machine Network Services driver helps redirect the incoming network traffic to the correct VM and associate the correct MAC address in all outbound network traffic. In scenarios using VPN, Bridge mode is the preferred option.

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http://blogs.technet.com/b/windows_vpc/archive/2009/09/26/networking-and-using-windows-xp-mode.aspx

It looks like this is what you want to do - although I'm not sure that it meets your desire to "use something else".
I think if you don't do this then the VM won't network well atl all.
For example, you can assign an arbitrary static IP and use the local gateway address but that doesn't appear to work.

I don't think the objectives are really clear yet.
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by:jzimmerman
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fmarshall:  Thanks for locating that blog entry.  I'll review this evening and see if I can get teh machien tomorrow from the user to test.
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It appears that we will hve to use the bridged network selection in our case.  We were hoping to use NAT to avoid having to force using a specific connection but since we cannot get the NAT to use a different IP range, bridged is the way to go.  Thanks FMARSHALL
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