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Hi, first time using VMWare and having problems getting the network to work as expected. I have a HP Proliant server with 4 NICs, I have 2 of these connected to a Draytek 2830n. The server has been running fine with Windows Server 2016 and Exchange. We now have a need to run VMWare using one on the other NICs connected to port 2 of the Draytek but I can't get the VMware Workstation to ping the draytek or get dhcp from it. I have assigned an IP Address to the Host NIC and also to the Virtual one, I have tried bridge connections in VMWare and also custom specific virtual network. On the draytek i have setup vlans and this is connected to vlan 2.

Help please, maybe best to start from scratch with a guide although I have tried following the guides on VMwares website.

Thanks, Peter.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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So is the VMware product you are using VMware Workstation ?

and you have VMware Workstation installed on Windows X ? on a HPE Proliant Server ?

and you are using Exchange and Windows Server as VMs ? (hosted on VMware Workstation /)

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Hi, yes it's VMware Workstation 15 Pro, it's Installed on a Windows 2016 Server which is on a HP Server with 4 physical NICs. I've Installed Windows Server 2012 as a VM and just need it to communicate on the 2nd NIC on the HP.

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Why don't you use Hyper-V? You're vm's will appreciate it.
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VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, it's an application installed on Windows, not sure why you are not using a Type 1 Hypervisor on bare metal.

You need to use the Virtual Network Editor, and define a new Bridged Network Configuration.

Add a new VMNET, and then select the physical network in the host, and then select this network in the VM settings.

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The Server host is already running Server 2016 with Exchange and we need another server running 2012 for a certain application, that's why im using VMware Workstation. I have tried the above already and I still cant ping or get an ip address from the Router. Is there any changes I need to make to the NIC on the host?
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Is there any changes I need to make to the NIC on the host?

No changes required to the host computer.

So you have Exchange installed on a Server 2016, and now you've installed VMware Workstation to run a Windows 2012 Server!?

Interesting Configuration!

Sometimes, network interfaces can play up in bridged mode, you may need to restart the computer. I would not feel very happy changing any networking configuration on a Production Exchange server!

However I've never known anyone install VMware Workstation on a Server, let alone an Exchange Server!

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ok thanks, I can't restart till tonight as it in production.
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Another quick check, is change to NAT, does it receive an IP Address (NATTed)

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Nope
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something is not configured correctly or working with the OS.

I can honestly say we've never configured and installed VMware Workstation on a Windows Server OS.

I'm not sure if this is an issue with HPE drivers, or HPE software if you have it installed.

We've always used VMware GSX, VMware Server (on Windows/Linux - now both defunct) or VMware ESXi/ESX or Hyper-V, Xen on Bare Metal.

VMware does state VMware Workstation is compatible with server OS see here

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2129859
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does the HOST nic get a DHCP IP Address from the Router ?

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Yes and it can also ping the router on both ip addresses.

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Restarted Server and still the same, what software would you recommend that I use if not VMware?
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I would not recommend any software installed on your current Production Server.

But install VMware vSphere ESXi or Windows Server Hyper-V, and then install services and OS into VMs.

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