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I need to run two XP VMs one as a server and one as a client. I have a Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 English package for the VMWare workstation. I want to run two different XP VMs for the configuration I mentioned. But after opening the .vmx file once, opening the .vmx again only opens the VM I already have opened rather than opening a new one.

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Clone it, and run them as separate machines. You can't run multiple instances of the same exact machine at the same time.

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I am already doing that. But I am facing issues like capturing network traffic in such a configuration. I am not able to capture any traffice between the two VMs but I am able to capture traffic between any one VM and the native machine. So i was wondering whether the cloning was posing any issues. Any ideas on this. – ssn Sep 25 '12 at 22:24
Virtual Machines are meant to be isolated. – ionFish Sep 26 '12 at 1:10

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