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There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request

By mark_its ·
I am running VMware on my laptop and trying to map a drive on my laptop host from my virtual server. I can ping the host from the virtual server but cannot map the host's C drive. Msg is "There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request".

I can map the C drive of the virtual machine from the host, just not the other direction.

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Additional information on this topic

by mark_its In reply to There are currently no lo ...

There appears to be some additional information that needed to post. As it turns out, I cannot map the C drive on my laptop from any server/workstation in my lab. However, I can map every drive on every server/workstation in my lab from the laptop. I can ping my laptop from every server and I can ping every server from the laptop.

I just cannot map the hard drive on the laptop from any server.....I get the same message that there is no logon server available to handle the request. Is the logon server suppose to be running on my laptop? on a domain controller? All the servers on the network in the lab are peer-to-peer servers and some workstations and they are in a workgroup. No domain controller, no DNS server, my Office Depot wireless router/4-port switch is my router/DHCP server and my connection to the Internet via my cable modem.

Thank you in advance for any ideas on this.

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from what I can tell

by NexS In reply to Additional information on ...

there is no problem with network connectivity, and given that you're running a workgroup rather than a domain network, I would suggest looking at the sharing properties and security properties of your laptop's hard drive.
Make sure that you have the hard drive 'shared', and it might be worth giving it a hidden share name(ie: MarkC$). Also ensure that everyone has read/modify(depending on your needs) access to the disk.

Hope it helps.

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Maybe I am confused

by IC-IT In reply to There are currently no lo ...

If you are running the VMware Server on the laptop, than It is operatiing as it is suppose to.
It should isolate the server from the host and other VMServers.

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hmm, good point, but

by NexS In reply to Maybe I am confused

If the vmserver is also part of the same workgroup, shouldn't it act just as any other machine in the group?

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No it is designed

by IC-IT In reply to hmm, good point, but

to isolate. Otherwise it would be a huge security hole.
This way each VMServer is in it' s own space and can crash or get compromised without affecting the host or other servers.

Work, work, work; now you're going to make me Google. :-)

From
http://www.vmware.com/products/server/overview.html

How Does VMware Server Work?
Install and run VMware Server as an application on top of a host Windows or Linux operating system. A thin virtualization layer partitions the physical server so you can run multiple virtual machines simultaneously on a single server. Computing resources of the physical server are treated as a uniform pool of resources that can be allocated to virtual machines in a controlled manner.

VMware Server isolates each virtual machine from its host and other virtual machines, leaving it unaffected if another virtual machine crashes. Your data does not leak across virtual machines and your applications can only communicate over configured network connections. VMware Server encapsulates a virtual machine environment as a set of files, which are easy to back-up, move and copy.

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hmm yes I understand that

by NexS In reply to No it is designed

But the virtual server should be able to be joined to a network (workgroup in this case) using the host's network card.

So what i'm gathering from your post is that once the VM server is running and using the host's NIC, the host becomes completely unaccessible to anything\anyone other than the current local user(in which a VM session is being run).

But to me, that sounds like an application flaw. The Host's hard disk should still be visible on the network.

or have I misunderstood you entirely?

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The host is available

by IC-IT In reply to hmm yes I understand that

but not from within a VMServer on the host.

From an authorized external machine (or authenticated remote user) or the host itself, it and all the servers are available.

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so...

by NexS In reply to The host is available

As I stated above, if the C:\ drive on the host machine was shared as a network share, then the VM server, attached to the network/workgroup, should be able to map the shared drive (host c:\)?

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I would think so

by IC-IT In reply to so...

My other posts were not meant to dispute your answer. But to edify the OP.

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oh!

by NexS In reply to so...

I wasn't being defensive, I was just clarifying. Making sure I knew what the story was.
On the Up Side, at least we have a solution that should work.

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