VMWare Workstation host machine blocks DHCP - despite inactive firewall

On a work PC running workstation, the Win server guest is not allowed to act as a DHCP server. The same VM on a non company PC works fine. IT dept. have tried to temporarily disable FW (McAffe). No difference. DHCP is not allowed within physical machine (guest to host) and it does not work for another PC to get it's ip-settings from the DHCP server (VM guest) either. Then again, the same setup works on a non company PC (host+guest+dhcp-client).
Have tested it like this..

VM host (win7) -
VM guest (win dhcp serv.) -
DHCP client -

Then the "dhcp client" is set to dynamic ip and receives an address in the defined the address pool (i.e.
This does not work when VM (server) is running within company laptop w/ FW disabled.

Ron DokkensirAsked:
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Have you made sure the virtual NIC is using "Bridged" mode (and not NAT), and that the VMware tools have been installed within the VM?

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Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Bridged yes.

Vmware tools, interesting.. does it affect networking?

Not sure if installed but the VM works on at least one win7 host. It's the same VM.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Yes, vmware tools has been installed all the time.
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Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Ok, got it to work internally - e.g. win host can get ip-settings from win-serv guest.
(had to restart some services on the win-serv guest)

Still no sign of  "" (example above) to get an DHCP offer.

When examining with wireshark on host machine (win 7, - it does not even decect a DHCP broadcast. Strange since it's "pingable" from "10.3" (before set to dynamic ip).
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Remark, fw on is currently enabled but I've been told it should work.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Have you made sure the virtual NIC is using "Bridged" mode (and not NAT), and that the VMware tools have been installed within the VM?

Updated VMWare Tools, no difference.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
I'm sure this will help someone else :)
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