Configuring GNS3 Router as DHCP server for Vmware

I have Windows 8. I have installed GNS3 and VMware Workstation. I also installed MS Loopback interface on Windows 8.
On VMware Workstation I have installed WIndows 7 VM and set it to obtain automatic IP address , I want it to obtain IP from Cisco Router on GNS3.Seeing that I configured Cisco Router as DHCP server.

However Windows 7 VM is not getting IP address from Cisco ROuter on GNS3, but it is getting it from the Built in DHCP of VMware Workstation.

I need help making WIndows 7 VM get an IP from Cisco Router on GNS3

Thank you

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Disable the DHCP Interface on VMware Workstation.

DHCP on VMware Workstation is usually used if using NAT or Host Only Network configurations.

or/and, are you using a BRIDGED Network connection for WIndows 7 VM ?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I was using NAT on VMware Workstation for WIndows 7 VM
To which Network connection should I set it.....
I want  Windows 7 VM to get IP address from Cisco Router on GNS3 that is configured as DHCP server
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I also want to know which IP address should I assign to MS Loopback interface created on WIndows 8.. This interface is connected to Cisco Router on GNS3 interface. I configured them in the same subnet , but cannot configure each other.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Make sure if NAT is running on VMware Workstation, VMware Workstation DHCP Server is turned OFF
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Well I managed to get connectivity working between the MS -Loopback adapter and the Cisco Router on GNS3. I just shared the Wifi adapter with MS-Loopback and it worked.

However, Windows 7 VM (in VmWorkstation) does not get IP address from Cisco Router on GNS3 (Which is configured as DHCP Server.
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Windows 7 VM is not configured for NAT, I tried as bridged and it did not work either.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
MS loopback get ip address 192.168.137.1 after sharing Wifi adapter with loopback.
The one thing that I cannot get to work is between Windows 7 VM and the GNS3
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
WiFi adapters can be problematic using VMware Workstation.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I am not too far from the solution (:)
VMware Editor helped me get the Windows 7 to connect to MSLoopback as shown in the screenshot.

Windows 7 VM got IP address 192.168.137.222, but I believe it is not getting it from Cisco router on GNS3, because I cannot ping its Interfacevm
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
<<<Well I managed to get connectivity working between the MS -Loopback adapter and the Cisco Router on GNS3. I just shared the Wifi adapter with MS-Loopback and it worked.
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Sorry, I should say:
Well I managed to get connectivity working between the MS -Loopback adapter and Windows7 VM. I just shared the Wifi adapter with MS-Loopback and it worked.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
After tampering with it , I believe I got it to work now.

on WIndows 8 Laptop, I had MSLoopback, Wifi , and Vmnet8 Network connection.
On Vmworkstation,  went to Edit tab, Virtual Network Editor. I selected Vmnet8 and on the bottom window, I select Bridge to: and selected the MS Loopback from drop down arrow, then click OK
WIndows 7 VM, is Left as is ,I mean for NAT.

The mysterious thing was when I went to Network Connection in Windows 8, the Vmnet8 adapter disappeared from the Network connections window.

Now the MSloopback has ip address 192.168.137.1 , it is automatic IP
Windows 7 VM has IP address 192.168.137.6
GNS router FastEthernet0/0 has ip address 192.168.137.2 (Manually configured)
GNS router is configured as DHCP , I excluded ip 192.168.137.1 through 192.168.137.5.
I guess this is why Windows7 VM got the first available IP (192.168.137.6)

I believe it is working, at least for now and hope it stays this way...
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
In Virtual Network Editor, If I click restore Defaults, then I can see those Vmnet adapters in WIndows 8 showing up again.

Something to learn....
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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