Unable to connect Virtual PC to internet

Hi All,

Unable to connect Virtual PC to internet I have 3 Virtual PC 2004 machines each with an OS of Windows 2003 Server. I would like to download the server exchange from the internet and be familiar how things are working but I could not be able to connect to the net from my vpc can you help please.....................

Thank you


  • BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 670 ■■■□□□□□□□
    How do you have your network interface configured on your virtual machines? I typically setup with NAT to access the internet, but that's with vmware so your config may be different.
    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
  • royalroyal Member Posts: 3,352 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yep, that's the nice thing about Vmware, you can just use NAT and you're all set. With Virtual PC/Server, it's not as easy. Basically, the way you do it is as follows:

    1. Install a Microsoft loopback adapter on the host machine.

    2. On your host machine, enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to share from your main adapter that receives internet access to your loopback adapter. ICS is hard coded to use the 192.168.0.x /24 network. ICS also will work as DHCP and give your loopback adapter an ip address ( I always configured the loopback adapter to have a static ip address of Your virtual machine's should then have a default gateway of

    3. Set your virtual machine's in Virtual PC/Server to use the loopback adapter as their network adapter.

    4. Your virtual servers will by default use dhcp and will also retrieve a dhcp address from the loopback adapter. If you statically configure your virtual servers, you'll want to use the loopback's address ( as your default gateway to get out to the internet.

    With this loopback method, your loopback adapter works as a router. Even if you are on a different network for your host machine, lets say 192.168.1.x /24, you can now RDP into your virtual servers from your host machine. I've used this method many times for configuring my virtual servers so they are on a different network than my host machine's environment, but still grant them access to the internet, and allow me to RDP into them from my host machine.
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  • huddahudda Member Posts: 101
    Royal, thank you so much for your time, but some other friends telling me I have to have external modem do I really need that, I will try your way, I am just wondering…..
  • Ferret999Ferret999 Member Posts: 86 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Depends how you have things set-up you could do as Royal suggests or you could just choose your physical machines network adapter providing you do not mind your virtual machines being on the same subnet as your physical machine. It is really easy to do just try the various network options under the settings of your virtual machine.

    How do you connect to the Internet with your physical machine?
  • BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 670 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Why not just install VMWare? It also supports a ton of other OS platforms (in particular, Linux, if you want to play around with that). It's as easy as 1-2-3!
    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
  • Ferret999Ferret999 Member Posts: 86 ■■□□□□□□□□
    VMWare workstation is a lot better but it costs. Where as Virtual PC is free. VMWare server is free but last time I looked it did not run on Vista and I do not like it. I must admit I find Virtual PC really good for my labs sure it does not have snapshot functionality but it does a job. Would prefer VMWare Workstation but cannot justify the money icon_cry.gif
  • BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 670 ■■■□□□□□□□
    VMWare server works fine on Vista Ultimate...not sure if it works with other versions of Vista, though. And VMWare server is all you need, I've never used workstation.

    What don't you like about it? From my experience, it works pretty much the same as VirtualPC, but it has many more options/features.
    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
  • Ferret999Ferret999 Member Posts: 86 ■■□□□□□□□□

    I have never liked the fact that you have to install IIS and since I have used Workstation and Virtual PC I much prefer something that works on my Vista machine. Guess I do not like the management interface.

    I tried to get Virtual Server to work on my Vista desktop a couple of weeks ago but I could not manage it. I think it is possible but involves a lot more hassle than I would like.
  • sspb485sspb485 Registered Users Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□

    I m using VMWare workstation 7.1.0 build 261024. For the past couple of days I m not able to connect to the internet.

    I have WS2008R2DC(Domain Controller) and WS2008R2 in my VMWare.
    For WS2008R2DC and WS2008R2, there are two network adapters, NAT and Host-only.For both of these network adapters, VMnet(Auto-bridging) is the default selection.(grayed out)

    I don't know networking stuff, so I request you guys to help me out to get internet connection working in my VMWare.Its been 2 days now. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

  • za3bourza3bour Member Posts: 1,062 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I'm using VMWare with no problem with Win Server2003 and 2008 in addition to Win7 and Internet is working with no problem at all and i highly recommend it.
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