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Unable to connect to Internet via iPhone bluetooth tethering in a Vmware Guest OS.

Posted on 2011-03-06
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Hi All,

I am currently studying for my Masters degree, part of which contains a CEH Certification and I travel 4 hours on a train daily which provides ample time for study.

I am using VMware Workstation on my laptop and I own an iPhone (3GS, Version 4.0 OS) which I tether to my laptop (Windows 7) via Bluetooth (can do USB) but I do not have iTunes installed.
 
I receive the internet via Bluetooth on the laptop fine, however the guests OS’s do not seem to be able to access the tethered connection (Guests can access Internet via a LAN connection using Bridged) and get to the internet, considering this is the first time I have done this I thought it best to ask if it can be done before spending a large amount of time on it.

Using the Virtual Network tool in VMware workstation I can see the Bluetooth Adapter which is connected to my iPhone and can successfully assign it to different virtual networks for the guest OS but I cannot connect to the internet still.

I would like to know how I can get Internet over the Bluetooth connect via the iPhone to my guest OS, I am hopeful it is something that I am overlooking due to lack of experience.

The guest OS's range from XP to Linux based Penetration testing Distros such as back track, SIFT and Live Hacking CD.

Thanks in Advance.
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Try to select the option "Replicate Physical network connection state" for "Bridged" network.   Selecting this option would try to use the internet connection which is available to the host OS and should be then available to the guest OS.
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No Luck. Still the same, any other thoughts?
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Check in Edit -Virtual Network Editor to see which VMNet is being and shown connected.    Add a virtual Network adaptor in the VM and map it to that VMNET using custom option.    
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Still no luck. I have tried many configuration types and none allow internet access.

Any ideas?

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