VM Workstation Host and Guest Communication issue

I am having an issue with my VMWare Workstation 9.0.  The host and guest are not communicating with each other.  Cannot ping or map drives between them.  All other computers on the network can ping and map drives with the host and the guest (vm).  Here are the details of the Host and Guest:
    Host O/S: Windows Pro 7 64-bit
    Guest (VM) O/S: Windows XP Pro 32-bit
The VM Workstation is running version 9.0.2.  The Network Adapter is set at Bridged.  Both the Host and Guest are set DHCP and get IP Address that are on the same network.  The firewall is disabled on the Guest.  The firewall on the Host is enabled now, but I disabled it temporary and it had no effect on the issue.  I am not sure what the problem is but I was hoping someone came across this issue before and had a solution.  Thanks!
Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can the VM workstation ping any other devices on your LAN?
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
It can ping everything but the Host.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Would by chance have an AV on this VM workstation?  Or in the bridge the "Replicate Physical Network" checked?
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
The VM Workstation Host has Microsoft Security Essentials.  The Replicate Physical Network is not checked.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Put a check in it (mainly for mobile)

Here is some good stuff to check over for advanced Networking

http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/vm-workstation-advanced-networking
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Checked the box and rebooted the VM (Guest). It had no effect.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
And you have no other type of firewall installed on the PC's?  Try disabling MSE and test
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
There is no other Firewall.  I disabled MSE and still had no effect.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
So what would happen if you were to put a 2nd NIC in the machine.  Let it pick up an address.  If the VM can ping that 2nd NIC, then I would look at re-setup the bridge.  Something is not adding up here or I am over-looking something small.
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I am leaving work.  I am going to add an external USB Ethernet adapter to this laptop on Monday.  I will let you know the results.  I will see if it can pick the 2nd NIC.
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compdigit44Commented:
In your guest OS under device manager have you check for any hidden devices specifically Network Cards?

Have you tried to uninstall and reinstall Vmtools? Are you running the latest updates for Workstation 9?
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Ok I finally got this to work, but I am not sure why.  Here is what I did to get it to work:

 I went into the properties of the Ethernet Card and found this on the 'Networking' tab under 'This connection uses the following items:' : 'DNE LightWeight Filter'.  This seems to have something to due with Citrix or VPN software.  When I uncheck this box my problems with the communication between the Host and Guest go away.  Now I am not sure why this is causing my problem, but unchecking this did work. I don't know what other problems this will create, but I would guess it would cause issue with the VPN the next time I try to use it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VPN software and VPN Network Bindings is known to cause issues with the Networking of VMware Workstation.
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I found a Solution that worked.  Thank you everyone for trying
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