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I have an ESXi 5.1 host that has an ESXi 5.1 VM. On the inner ESXi is an XP VM. The XP VM cannot communicate with the world outside of the inner ESXi. It can ping the inner ESXi.  My desktop (Windows 7) can ping and attach via a VSphere Client to the inner ESXi. I cannot ping the XP VM. It cannot ping me. We all are on the 192.168.1.x subnet.

Any ideas what is causing this problem?
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Question by:MikeBroderick
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by:Rafael
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Check your route tables on the client(s) as well as the gateways. More than likely you have to add a route.
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Firstly, ALL network interfaces in the ESXi VM, MUST BE Intel E1000.

ALL the network interfaces must have the TAG ALL 4095.

update your network interface and VLAN on the VM Network, and try again.
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by:MikeBroderick
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I'm not sure what you mean by check "route tables on the clients", and "the gateways". All computers are on the same LAN, 192.168.1.x.

The network interface for the inner ESXi VM (defined on the outer ESXi host) is E1000. When I try to set the XP VM's network interface to E1000, the XP console shows a problem loading the driver. It wants to go to Microsoft's website to get the driver but cant (no network access). I set the type to Flexible and a network adaptor is created on the XP machine.

When you say TAG ALL 4095, do you mean the VLAN ID? I tried it. Same problem.
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All ESXi VMs need E1000 NICs.

The Physical HOST needs VLAN Tag of ALL 4095
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by:MikeBroderick
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I went to the configuration tab for the outer ESXi host. I clicked Networking. On the Standard Switch vSwitch0 I clicked Properties. I clicked VM Network, Edit. I changed the VLAN ID to All (4095). Same problem. Is that what you wanted me to change?
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Please upload screenshots of your networking,

Sorry, the ESXi VM, not the HOST!
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by:MikeBroderick
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Here they are.
Scr.zip
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by:MikeBroderick
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Do I need to change the ESXi VMs virtual switch to Promiscuous Mode?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Yes, if you've not already done that as well.
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by:MikeBroderick
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I changed that and it worked.
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