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how to connect a VM from one computer to a server on another computer


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#1 jrobe29131

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:24 PM

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and am learning how to use virtual machines and windows server. So right now here's my situation.

On my desktop PC named "I5" I have windows server 2012 R2 running in VMware workstation player. Server 2012 has a domain set up and also on I5 I have a windows 7 Professional client VM successfully connected to it. My OS for I5 is windows 10 home.

I have another desktop called "oldcomp" connected to the same router as I5. I have a windows 7 Professional VM workstation running on oldcomp that I want to connect to the domain on windows server running in VMware on I5. The OS on oldcomp is also windows 10 home. Can someone here please explain how I should do this and if there's any info you need from me?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:05 PM

Maybe I am not fully understanding or the issue it out of my league (no substantive experience with any version of Windows Server), but I would assume that if the Server 2012 VM is actively running on the "I5" PC & setup properly and the VMs networking is setup properly (i.e. the server sees and can fully access the local network), then it should show up as a server on the network to both host OSs and the Win 7 guest OS (that is actively running with proper VM networking setup) on the "oldcomp" just as if it was a physical server on the network. In other words, I don't believe there is anything special that is needed...but again I could be not fully understanding and/or out of my league.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:01 PM

When looking at the network from the VM's on I5, neither oldcomp nor it's WINDOWS 7 VM show up. From the VM on oldcomp, I5 and its VMs don't show up. 

Each VM is set to NAT under network adapter, except for the server VM. It's set to a virtual network.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

When looking at the network from the VM's on I5, neither oldcomp nor it's WINDOWS 7 VM show up. From the VM on oldcomp, I5 and its VMs don't show up. 
Each VM is set to NAT under network adapter, except for the server VM. It's set to a virtual network.


When looking at the network from either computer using the HOST OS (i.e. Windows 10), does the other computer show up? Do the VM "computers" show up?

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:06 PM

 

When looking at the network from the VM's on I5, neither oldcomp nor it's WINDOWS 7 VM show up. From the VM on oldcomp, I5 and its VMs don't show up. 
Each VM is set to NAT under network adapter, except for the server VM. It's set to a virtual network.


When looking at the network from either computer using the HOST OS (i.e. Windows 10), does the other computer show up? Do the VM "computers" show up?

 

 

From the HOST OS on both computers, the other computer shows up, but the VM's on the other computer don't. 

Both HOST OS's are part of a workgroup. The two VM's on I5 are part of a domain. 



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 01:57 PM

We have exhausted the "low hanging fruit" that I can think of. Now, it is likely something related to running domains in Windows (which I have zero experience with) potentially in combination with quirks of networking through a VM (which I also likely cannot help with as I have no direct experience with VMWare Player...only Parallels Desktop on a Mac). So, I likely will not be any further help.

Best I can suggest is to maybe temporarily switch to just a workgroup on the "oldcomputer" VM and use the same workgroup as the host OSs on both computers and then see if the guest OS on the "oldcomputer" can "see" the two host OSs on the network. This would at least help determine if there is some VM networking related issue that might be to blame.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:28 AM

Because you are using NAT in VMware for the VMs, they are unable to communicate with the VMs located on the other machine. If you can't ping a VM by computer name or it's IP address, then NAT is preventing the connection.

 

You would likely need to set the VMs to all use a bridged connection, as this would directly connect them to the LAN. Then make sure the VMs and computers are all on the same IP address space.






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