Vmware 8 workstation question

Posted on 2012-04-06
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Last Modified: 2012-04-07
Hi all, thanks for reading.
I have a copy of vmware workstation 8 and have it installed with windows xp pro and server 2003 as two vm`s .
My question is...
Is there a way to get these two vm`s to talk to eachother inside workstation8.
My ideal scenario consists of server 2003 communicating with xp pro (both within the vmware environment).
My networking skills are next to zero, but am capable of folowing instructions, so if there was some really nice person out there that could maybe give me a step by step process to follow, I could perhaps learn and achieve at the same time.
Thanks again for reading this and just to clarify:
one vm program (vmware workstation8) that has two vm`s running inside it that i need to be able to talk to eachother (simple client <--> server network scenario).
I am aiming first to utilise tools that dont rely on active directory, so im guessing i need to make server ip etc static and then have it dish out an ip to clients joining to it.
But like i said previously, unfortunately im not very skilled with erveers and this is my first real experience using server 2003.
Question by:pcpoorlyltd
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Actually, no...you don't need to make anything 'static'. Workstation comes with a network feature called "host only". If you go into the "settings" of both your VMs and change your Network Adapter 'type' to "host only", what this does is make your VMs able to ONLY communicate with each other as well as the host, in this case your workstation/PC/laptop. Your VMs will NOT be able to communicate with the 'outside', meaning with your work network (if you're using at work) or with the Internet. VMware Workstation will assign DHCP addresses to your VMs from the Workstation DHCP "server" (built into your Workstation setup). So, your VMs will get a private DHCP address (i.e. and ...0.6). Though your host won't have that actual IP, it will still be able to communicate with your VMs via 'bridging' through the Workstation network.

This kind of setup is good as an isolated test environment.


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Thanks for such a quick reply ~coolsport00.
So what you`re saying is effectively the vmware already has a built in solution by using the nat option for the network adapter and that this is controlled dunamically through the my host station runnign the vmware program. Ideal.
As an aside, is there a way to make simulate an environment where the server2003 vm could be designated as static and provide an ip to xp pro vm, or am i simply barking u p a tree that doesnt exist ?
Thanks again ~coolsport for a lightenting response
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I believe you could certainly do so, but that would be a whole new post...much deeper discussion than what can be shared in this post. It would involve setting up an "internal domain" of sorts; enabling your 2K3 VM to be a DHCP server/DC; adding your XP VM to your "internal domain" and configuring your XP VM to use DHCP. As such, it would automatically 'pull' an IP from whatever DHCP server is on your domain. In this case, it would be your "internal domain" in your host-only Workstation environment.


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