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VYATTA Router VM on VMware Workstation 7 VNET and intermittent connectivity issues

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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Helloooo experts....

Ok so this is my situation...

I am running a LAB VMware Workstation 7 on my laptop with the following config...

(1) Vyatta Virtual router with (3) interfaces
  eth0= 10.10.5.5 - Bridged
  eth1=10.10.4.5 - Bridged
  eth2=10.10.3.5 - Bridged

(2) OpenFiler Virtual SANs with (2) interfaces each.

Filer1:
  eth0= 10.10.5.10/24 - Bridged
  eth1=10.10.4.10/24 - Bridged
  GW=10.10.4.5 eth0

Filer2:
  eth0=10.10.4.11/24 - Bridged
  eth1=10.10.5.11/24 - Bridged
  GW=10.10.4.5 eth0

Local host:

  LAN: 10.10.3.50/24
  GW: 10.10.3.1

Internet router
  LAN: 10.10.3.1/24
  Static routes:
  10.10.4.0 > 10.10.3.5 Metric 1
  10.10.5.0 > 10.10.3.5 Metric 1

Diagram:

 Lab diagram
Now this is my issue... While routing works... I am getting intermittent connectivity to the router and the nodes behind it.

I have tried updating the Vyatta router. I had RIP enabled, which is now disabled but i cant get my head around what the problem is.

At one point i had the filers on a private LAN but i want to be able to serve them out to real machines so that wont work for me.

Not being an expert in VMware Workstation, I am wondering what i could be doing wrong here.
ICMP is intermittently dropping packets from my workstation to the filer and router interfaces.

It is oddly algorithmic actually.

See below:
 Ping from workstation 10.10.3.53 to router 10.10.3.5
Now i don't know if setting all of my hosts to bridge mode is supported so it could be that i am completely screwing the pooch.. But theoretically it seems like it should work.

I have been having a tough time getting help here recently. Not sure if i am in the right place but i figured i would give it a shot.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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