vmware bridging/nat refuse to work with host teamed nics

Posted on 2013-01-31
Last Modified: 2013-02-25
I have a EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI  motherboard:

This mother board has drivers that allowed teaming (yes they are older now, but the new drivers disable the teaming function so I kept the older one. I have no trouble with the teaming at all except when I am trying to use this pc as a vmware host.

WhenI set up vmware player or workstation in either bridged or nat mode on this pc the guest OS (Linux) can only ping the host and cannot ping the router/network computers or the internet, even though it pulls a dhcp address in bridged mode which I would assume comes from the router since it's the same subnet.

I have used the network editor to choose the nvidia virtual adapter that was created during installation of vmware workstation.

It did work for a few minutes during one of the 30 times I reconfigured or started from scratch, but then wouldn't work again.

Does anyone know what I can do to get this working? I really don't want to get rid of the teaming as it gives my PC a 2Gbps connection to my network which is needed as this PC serves out all of my multimedia files to the network.
Question by:MitchViste
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Expert Comment

ID: 38839992
so its a host yes ? you have to check the virtual networks setup correctly or is this workstation?/

Author Comment

ID: 38840063
The host has teamed nics. The guest os does not. The host OS works fine. The guest, which is running on vmware workstation 9.01, OS does not.

The virtual network setup is correct as far as I can tell.

The host nice team has IP -

The guest OS pulls a dhcp address from the router (I assume) of or beyond as that is where my dhcp range starts.

When natted the guest OS pulls a 192.168.x.x range.

No firewalls running on either the host or the guest OS at this point.
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ID: 38840154
The teaming software is unlikely to be compatible with the desktop hypervisor software.

Why not switch to Windows 2012 Hyper-V?
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Author Comment

ID: 38840185
Because this is for home and I already have workstation. I also like vmware better.

Author Comment

ID: 38840206
Would vmware tools make a difference in networking? I believe I have an outdated version per a warning on boot of the guest os
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ID: 38840222
I do not think, VMware Tools is going to make any difference to the networking functions.

Author Comment

ID: 38840312
What stumps me is that the guest OS will contact the router via DHCP, pull an address, and even be listed as a dhcp client on the router, yet I cannot ping it or get internet access. frustrating!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 38841093
low level networking issues with the Hypervisor networking.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38843623
Can you "un-team" the host NIC(s) and check that everything is working as expected?

If so, I would suspect an implementation issue causing bad interactions with the host nic. A team may be considered a bridge, which is also what VMWare WS/Player will use to provide network access to the guests, then creating somewhat a bridge on a bridge, which may be tricky and my not have been completely validated/tested/supported

Author Comment

ID: 38844353
Everything works fine if I am using just the one NIC.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38844602
dont team them just connect both of them to the switch vmware will use both of them anyway

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