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How to setup my DMZ on a VM workstation?

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I have to setup a VM workstation for a demo of our software product.  I have a DMZ server in place for customers to drop images on for my review.  I would like for my potential customer to login directly into a demo Windows XP Pro virtual machine that sits on this DMZ server. Is this possible? If so what steps do I need to take?

I do not want the client to login to the dmz server and then start vmware workstation 8 and then the demo workstation.  I would like them to go directly to the vmware which is already started and ready for demonstration. Thanks for your help in advance... Very Critical.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Ensure that the Virtual Windows XP Pro virtual Machine has BRIDGED network mode.

Port forward or open a rule for Port 3389 TCP on your firewall, so when they connect to your router via RDP they will be connected to the virtual machine.

The same could be attempted with the Virtual Windows XP VM in NAT mode, but you would have to use Advanced NAT to open and forward on a port on the Host 3389 to port forward to the VM,

Less work, if using BRIDGED mode.

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So let me make sure I got this right...

1. On the vm wkst XP Pro, make sure that the NIC is bridged.  (done)
    - I do not have to configure the NIC do I? I could just leave it to obtain IP automatically, correct?
2. Is this the firewall of the server or my router that I have to open port 3389 on?
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Thanks again Hanccocka, it works like a charm.

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