I have a Windows 7 x64 machine running VMware Workstation along with a Windows XP x86 guest.

The Windows XP machine can ping every machine on my network, as expected, but none of them are able to ping the other way round. The only exception to this is that the host can ping the guest successfully.

I'm using NAT in VMware, configured as follows:

Host IP: Host GW:

Guest IP: Guest: GW:

Can anyone tell me how to configure my environment so that all machines can ping my guest?

closed as off topic by Dan, Tim Brigham, Lucas Kauffman, chutz, Dave M Jan 15 '13 at 13:15

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  • Rezoan, your question is borderline unintelligible and completely off topic for ServerFault. Please review our FAQ for what questions are appropriate here. – Dan Jan 15 '13 at 12:43
  • choose a remote Win7 not the host -> Winbutton -> type "cmd" + Enter -> "nslookup" + Enter, write the output of the command here. – Harrys Kavan Jan 15 '13 at 12:46
  • Server: UnKnown Address: *** UnKnown can't find Non-existent domain @derty – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 12:53
  • @derty That has no bearing on anything. – Dan Jan 15 '13 at 12:53

You should set your XP workstation to use Bridged networking, instead of NATing through the host. Then you can treat the XP guest like any other machine on your network.

  • thanks Dan for your reply. i'm using wireless connection. is it possible to use Bridged networking in it?? – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 12:45
  • @Rezoan Yes, it is, this works fine. Just ensure you bridge to the correct adapter – Dan Jan 15 '13 at 12:49

This is quite logical as you should be bridging your network interfaces rather than using NAT. When using NAT it will use the hosts IP to do the NAT. This means no routing will be done from your host address to your VMs. When your bridge your connections you will get an ip assigned from the DHCP server on the network and you will be visible on this network (normally).

  • in wireless connection is it possible to to use Bridged networking?? – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 12:49
  • Yea it's possible, just use the proper adapter. – Lucas Kauffman Jan 15 '13 at 12:51
  • Lucas kauffman, after your suggestion i have changed Network Adapter to Bridge instead of NAT. then it says the connection has Limited or no connectivity. – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 12:59
  • Did you select the correct adapter? – Lucas Kauffman Jan 15 '13 at 13:27
  • how can i determine it is correct adapter? – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 13:29

Aside from the answers you've already gotten regarding using Bridged networking, this is a basic lesson in networking:

The guest VM is on a different network from the rest of your network. How do you get devices connected to two different devices to communicate? You route between the two networks.

  • i didn't understand it @joeqwerty – Rezoan Jan 15 '13 at 13:03
  • I'm saying that this is a good opportunity to learn a little networking, from a conceptual point of view. Q: How do you get devices connected to two different devices to communicate? A: You route between the two networks. – joeqwerty Jan 15 '13 at 13:05

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