VMWARE - Newbie question - basic networking


I have installed ESXI 5 on my server and deployed a server 2008 virtual machine using the client.


2008 virtual server -

Client  -

I can ping from the client to the ESXI server but I cannot ping the virtual server and it's network card states 'unidentified network. Do I have to configure a virtual NIC?
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As for your network issue, check your network settings on windows 2008, by default ICMP response is disabled on 2008 servers, on the network and sharing center, click on advanced sharing and enable network discovery, you can change the network location type to "home" or "work" from "unidentified" by clicking on it.
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Right-click and check the properties of the VM.  Under hardware make sure there is a network adapter added.  Select the network adapter and make sure its "connected at power on"  Also make sure its assigned to the virtual switch under network connection.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Turn off the Firewall in the VM.

Did you include a virtual network interface?

Did you select a Virtual Machine Portgroup for the VM?

If you want to read more on networking in VMware ESX/ESXi, then I recommend the following:-

I would also recommend reading through the Networking Sections of the following guides to gain a better understanding of Networking in VMware ESX/ESXi.

Pages 13 - 73 Discuss Networking in Detail, including trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1


Virtual Networking


Virtual Networking Concepts


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APC_40Author Commented:
Thanks once more.
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