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Configure VMWare virtual machine to have access to the internet

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I am running a Windows 2007 Home Premium PC with Trend Security and access the internet using a network configured through a wireless modem/router.

Loaded on the machine I have VMWare Workstation 6.5.4 which I use very rarely. I have a number of Clones built that I simply use to test a few MS Access applications using an older version of Access on an XP operating system as well as the occasional HTML web pages using Firefox and Chrome.

To access the internet on the clones I have set the network to bridged. It has always worked for me in the past but as at now I find that the virtual machines do not have network access at all, even if I turn my Trend security on the host PC off and the Firewall on both the host and clone PCs off. Clearly something has changed since I last fired up VMWare but I don't know where to start looking. Can anyone provide me with any clues?
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Can you ping the virtual box from your router?

Can you ping your router from your virtual box?

Has your windows box got ip-forwarding configured?

You don't actually need bridged network interfaces on your virtuals to browse the web, only if you want to access your virtuals from elsewhere.  It will work, just not required.
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Can you ping the virtual box from your router?
No

Can you ping your router from your virtual box?
No

Has your windows box got ip-forwarding configured?
I don't think so but I don't know what to look for

You don't actually need bridged network interfaces on your virtuals to browse the web, only if you want to access your virtuals from elsewhere.  It will work, just not required.
Ideally I would like the virtual machine to work as if it were just another machine on the same network.
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coolsport00 earned 500 total points
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Set your network config to NAT, then restart all your VMware Services; after, change your network setting back to Bridged & restart your VMware services again...let me know if that works for you.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Control panel/network connections/tcpip properties

Ip forwarding will be on one of the tabs there.  

Can you provide the output from

netstat -rn

on your windows box and on your virtual
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by:Rob4077
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coolsport00, I tried what you suggested and it works as before. What happened?
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hard to say "rob4077"; it's technology...the reason why we have a job :P  No...honestly, sometimes services and such 'hang'. I don't have a hard & fast 'technical' explanation. Just glad you're up and going now.

~coolsport00
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Thanks again for your kind help
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