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By TracyF ·
Hey all-

I'm about to build my last 32 bit PC. I want to run XP Pro- then install & run VMWare in order to load 98-W2K as VM's (& a few Linux, as well).

I have 4 home PC's, 2 used mainly for work-related tasks. Some are wired, some wireless, via my (cable) router.

Can someone here give me a walkthrough on the best way to set up the VM's so that they have internet access w/o being a virus target? Or is that even possible? Can this be done but still allow file transfers between VM's?

I read through a lot at their site- but nothing quite addressed this (or I didn't find it).

TIA!

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by bluenose5709 In reply to VMWare, VM's, internet, & ...

VMs are very good as long as they are configured correctly. there is the application called "manage virtual netwroks" that come as standard with the application and it is in here you configure if they connect to the outside world.

VNet 1 by default is bridged to your phisical network card and has access to the outside world.
Vnet 8 is host only and then you can use any of teh other 7 virtual nets or indeed create more.

Install your OS as normal into the VM and choose a Net that is not bridged if you wish to isolate it

Na d to then access the outside world afterwards then it is simply a shut down of the VM and select the bridged net option and restart.

I have just set up server 2003 with AD and XP Pro as a client in VMWare and that is totally isolated and works fine.

There are lots of publications on www.vmware.com that detail all of this for you
hope this helps

Bev

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by TracyF In reply to

I'll consider a blend of the 2 answers given & split the points-

Thank you-

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by LiQuiDKeWL In reply to VMWare, VM's, internet, & ...

Set up the VM Machines (In the configuration) to have their network card bridged to your current network card. Once you have installed the OS's, assign them their own unique IP Address (that is on the same subnet as your current Host PC) as if they were on the network like physical machines. This will allow them all to communicate to each other as needed.

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by TracyF In reply to

I'll consider a blend of the 2 answers given & split the points-

Thank you-

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