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Setting up home Lab

I am trying to setup a home lab using VMware 4.1. Currently,  I have already installed VMware host on one of the server so I can install different types of server here. On a laptop with VMware client installed, I am trying to connect to this host through a hub. Though I cannot connect to this host. What should I do so I can connect to the host using a laptop and a hub? Do I have to configure the hub?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Do you mean a "hub" literally? You should at least use a decent switch. A hub is a dumb device that does not help in any way.

Second, who is the DHCP server? Your home router (outside the server and laptop)? or the host Server?

Third, you probably want the guest machines in the server to be in Bridge mode (that is, getting their IP from an external source).  

Finally, make sure firewalls on all machines (real and virtual) are set to accept all devices on the main subnet (probably from the router).  .... Thinkpads_User
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wct296Commented:
Which version of VMWare are you using? Is it workstation?

VMWare workstation sets up a sub/different network and uses NAT to allow guests to access the network resources of the host.. It doesnt work well the other way

Try changing the network type to bridged - this will give each VM a virtual NIC that is just like any other on your LAN
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VMware Workstation V4 died years ago, so it is likely a server edition.  I posted about using Bridge mode above as that will be the correct way to set it up. ... Thinkpads_User
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
does your esx server han an ip address?

do you use dhcp, otherwise youll need to assign a static ip address to esx server?

if you have already done this, can you ping the servers ip address from laptop?

looking in the esx console, check mac addresses are listed for the network interfaces on the server?

are they listed as connected with an x in, at least one of them.
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Fred MarshallCommented:
The things a hub does for you is to avoid using a crossover cable and to allow connection of more than two devices.  Since they're "dumb", there's no configuration.  

At this stage I honestly believe that it's alot easier/better to assign static IP addresses, gateway and DNS addresses. That gets all the DHCP implementation issues out of the way until such time that you know things CAN talk to one another.  A bad cable or hub could have you going through all sorts of unecessary machinations.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
for a server its usually recommended to statically asign the ip address.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> a hub does for you is to avoid using a crossover cable  <--- true, but a modern small switch autosenses and works better in most modern environment.

I also agree with using a static IP for the server, but if the router is a DHCP server and the Server is as well, there could be conflicts. Best to know and choose the one you want.  .... Thinkpads_User
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Fred MarshallCommented:
>>>a modern small switch autosenses and works better in most modern environment.<<<
Agreed.  But this isn't a proven "environment" yet.....  So, I stick with recommending a hub *for now*.

And, having a hub there makes it easier to sniff the network if one needs to go that far.
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