I have created two virtualised Windows 2008 servers using vmware player. One is a domain controller, the other has been successfully added to its domain. When originally installed, both had full web connectivity. They both installed a series of updates, including Service Pack 2.
However, they both have lost network connectivity. neither can ping the router. The domain controller has a fixed ip address. The other is on DHCP and is showing a 169 address. I doubt it's a problem with the hardware, as the host machine has had full connectivity to the router throughout.