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Posted on 2012-04-10
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My laptop is running Windows 7 64bit.  I am trying to network two different virtual machines together and I am using VMWare Player.

I am wanting to learn Windows Server 2008.  I have setup two vms both running Server 2008.  I am going to turn them into DCs and practice replicating.  I know that both servers need static IPs.

But is there something I need to do in VMWare Player so that both VMs can talk to each other, even before I change them to static IPs?

Any help would be appreciated?
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Question by:SVMBrandon
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In the VM's network properties, depending on your needs, select "Host Only" or "Bridged" under the Network Adapter. If you use "Bridged" mode, then the VM's will be in the same LAN segment as all your physical PC's, and your PC's and the VM's will be able to talk to each other. If you use "Host only" mode, the VM's will be in their own LAN segment. They will be able to talk to each other, but they won't be visible to the rest of your LAN. For your environment that is likely what you'll need.

If you run ipconfig on your VMware Player Host PC, you'll see the subnets and ip's of the virtual VMware NIC adapters as well as your Physical NIC adapter. I'm not completely sure, but I believe that in host only mode the VMware Player will act as a DHCP server and assign your VM's a valid IP within that subnet, but you should be able to verify that when you run ipconfig inside the VM... If you don't get a valid IP you'll have to assign one when you setup the VM.
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If your VMs are running server 2008, you may have to turn network discovery on. That was part of my problem. But using rindi's post got me up and running.
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