VMWare Workstation 10 Virtual Machine can't ping host

Rob Rudloff
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Hi.  I have a new install of WMWare Workstation 10 on a Windows 8 host.  The VM is running XP sp3.   I have SQLServer 2008r2 running on the host -- but now I'm getting ahead of myself ...
In the VM Settings, I have the Network Adapter set to Bridged (w/ replicate state).  The Host machine is on a domain, with fixed IP's.  The host is 10.9.8.74.  The VM is also on the domain -- it's IP is 10.9.8.75

I have verified that both PC and VM appear on the domain, and have the shares, and access to domain printers, SQL Servers, etc.  

However, the VM can't ping the host PC at .74 and the host can't ping the VM at .75, but both can ping all other IP's on the domain.   The VM can't locate or connect to the SQL Server running on the Host PC, but it can connect to all other SQL Servers on the domain.
Other network PC's see the SQL Server running on the host PC. Firewalls are all off.  

Any ideas?  I feel like I've tried all combinations of Network settings.
Thanks.

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Make sure your firewall on the host machine allows the range 10.9.8.0 to 10.9.8.255

Uncheck Replicate Physical Network state above. I don't use this (I use Bridged networking) and I can ping back and forth.

I assume the guest has Internet.
I agree with John Hurst, this sounds like a firewall issue since your VM and host were successfully added to a domain....

Can you access UNC shares on either the host or VM?

As a side note, here is a good VMware KB on troubleshooting network connection issues:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1008367
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I will check UNC shares.  The firewall is off.
Thanks for the links -- I'll check it out and let you know what I find ... I will have access to this PC in a week.

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