I'm looking to run some legacy Windows client software in my XP Virtual Machine and have it connect with a SQL Express 2008R2 server on the Host via ODBC.
I've read, in more than a few places, that it should be possible to establish a network connection running TCP/IP using the Loopback Adapter.
I've found at least half a dozen fairly fully documented, but slightly different, sets of instructions. I've tried pretty much all of them. I've yet to be able to Ping the Host from the VM or the VM from the Host. This is even with the Firewalls disabled on both Host and VM.
A friend, who is normally better than I at resolving network and TCP/IP issues, has also tried and failed.
So, has anyone successfully established TCP/IP connectivity between an XP Virtual Machine and it's Windows 7 Host?
If so, can you please point me at a reasonably comprehensive and fool proof set of documentation?
With thanks and best wishes
Windows 7 - Configure Loopback adapter to facilitate TCP/IP with XP Virtual Machine