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Have installed WS2008 - 64 bit within VMWare on a Windows 7 - 64 bit PC but cannot get any network connectivity between them. Have started the relevant services to enable Network Discovery but still no good.
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How did you configure the networking when you set the VM up? Shared/Bridged/NAT etc?

In the settings/properties of the Virtual Machine, if you highlight the network card, does it say Connected and Connect at power on?

How is the 2008 VM getting an IP address? Do you have DHCP or have you given it a static address?

Does it show as connected in the properties of Windows 2008?

Have you installed VMware tools? This includes the paravirtualised drivers.

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Note: this is VIRTUAL BOX...not VMWare...sorry for misleading details...so..

Q. How did you configure the networking when you set the VM up? Shared/Bridged/NAT etc?
A. NAT

Q. In the settings/properties of the Virtual Machine, if you highlight the network card, does it say Connected and Connect at power on?
A. No indication of either.

Q. How is the 2008 VM getting an IP address? Do you have DHCP or have you given it a static address?
A. Static and within the hosts range.

Q.Does it show as connected in the properties of Windows 2008?
A.How do you tell ?

Q. Have you installed VMware tools? This includes the paravirtualised drivers.
A. Does this still apply given that it is VirtualBox ?
 
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Local Area Connection shows as Unidentified Network
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No worries.

Ok it's been some time since I worked with VirtualBox, but I do know that you still need to add in the "Guest additions" - this will install drivers etc.

To see if the network is showing connected - it'll show a cross on the network icon in the task bar at the bottom right if not.

Some nice step-by-step instructions are below:

http://www.sysprobs.com/install-run-windows-2008-r2-x86-sun-virtualbox
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Oh and of course - make sure that the Windows 7 host has firewall exceptions for VirtualBox
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1. Reinstalled 2008 and also installed Guest additions.
2. Started the "4" services.
3. Network indicator flashes 'orange' when accessed and no cross so looks okay.
4. Network show as 'network' until I change the IP address to static which then shows 'Unidentified network'
5. Host firewall is off.

Still no connectivitiy between the two.


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Surely doesn't apply though if the Windows firewall is turned off ?
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if you are not sure all required services have been turned on or off, you may try using static IP/DNS in the guest W2K8.

if it just works, that means the connectivity settings for guest OS are alright.
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Already using static IP
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How did you turn off the host firewall? If you just stopped the service, it may have locked down.

You did say which types of network connection you used, but what is on since the rebuild?
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Control Panel: System & Security : Windows Firewall : Off

"What type of network connection" - please clarify - thanks.
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Ok - that's good on the firewall.

When you created the VM in Virtualbox - did you choose NAT/Bridged etc?
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NAT
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What's the host IP information and the guest?
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Host: 192.168.1.2
Guest: 192.168.1.10
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Ok.

Next questions (Sorry just tring to get the fullest picture) - what happens if you leave the guest to pick up a DHCP address (do you have a DHCP server / router giving out addresses?)

I assume they're on the same subnet? What default gateway do they both have?
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Just set 'Unidentified Network' on host to 192.168.1.9
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If allowed to use DHCP then guest sets to 10.0.2.15
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Host shows the Unidentified Network as a public network.
Please ask away..appreciate your help with this !
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What if you try setting the Vbox nic to Bridged instead of NAT?
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Ok - I would expect a different range on NAT so that's good.

Can you ping the default gateway of the host when the guest is on DHCP?



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When changing to Bridged things seems  to be coming alive !!
Will update again in a moment.
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Yes because when you use bridged, it creates a direct connection to the hosts network. To all intents and purposes you've just put the guest on your network as though you had bought a physical machine and installed it onto your network.

If you look at the properties of the NIC you will see it has a 192.x.x.x address.

Do you have an additional network card in your host machine showing? A virtual one? If so, try the solution in the URL I posted above.

http://www.brokenwire.net/bw/Various/120/fix-virtualbox-causes-unidentified-network-on-vista-and-windows-7 
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All connecting.
Thank-you.
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