Good afternoon mikasi,
Firstly many thanks for all your kind help. I apologise for taking so much of your valuable time.
Well, I tried to do as you have outlined. Here are the results.
In OFFLINE mode:
IP of Linux = 192.168.0.10
I rebridged the two NICS and this time the Bridge was assigned IP 192.168.0.2
I checked this using ipconfig /all
So I went into Bridge Properties and made the following adjustments :
STATIC IP : 192.168.0.2
NETWORK MASK : 255.255.255.0
No default Gateway or DNS.
I edited the relative Linux files to reflect this change.
$ cat etc/resolv.conf
$ cat /etc/network interfaces
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The home network interface
iface eth0 inet static
From the Linux box ( 192.168.0.10
) I can ping ( when the firewall is disabled) to 192.168.0.2
. May I ask what 192.168.0.1
is ??? Needless to say that when the firewall is enabled I cannot ping to either IP. I can still Putty SSH into Linux from XP when firewall is enabled and disabled.
In ONLINE mode :
Now connect to Internet. (firewall ON)
The AOL interface only comes up on my "NETWORK CONNECTIONS" window when I run the software to get online and log in.
Here is the "NETWORK CONNECTIONS" window when I am online :
Now to "INTERNET CONNECTION SHARE."
When I want to ICS the following window comes up, but notice that I am not given the option to share with neither the "Bridge" or any other network. What could be possible reasons ?
Anyway I did click "Allow other users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" and Microsoft automatically assigned the IP 192.168.0.1
to the Bridge.
Cannot Ping to 192.168.0.2
but can to 192.168.0.1
Here is ipconfig /all output after "ICS"
So I had to make changes in my linux files ( /etc/resolv.conf and /etc/network/interfaces) replacing 192.168.0.2
. Changing DNS and Gateway to 192.168.0.1
From Linux can ping to 192.168.0.1
but not to 192.168.0.2
Can still surf net on XP and connect to Linux via SSH.
When I open "NETWORK CONNECTIONS" and look at Bridge properties and IP has been set to 192.168.0.1
Disabling Firewall :
Can now ping remote server and ftp from Linux box !!!!!! Success of sorts !!
Here is a synopsis of what has been done so far :
1. Bridge the two NICS/LANS
2. Do "Internet Connection Sharing" from the main "dial in" (AOL) adapter to the rest of the network. This will automatically set the IP of the Bridge to 192.168.0.1
. No networks were seen in my case but I still checked the box.
3. Edit the various Linux files. DNS / Default Gateway both to 192.168.0.1
( Restart networking).
4. Disable the XP firewall. This is the only way to connect the Linux box to the internet.
5. Could ping / ftp to remote server and Putty SHH from XP into Linux.
The drawbacks have been that the firewall on XP has to be disabled for the Linux connection to work. I use Zone Alarm (free version)
and I do not think the free version will allow me to adjust incoming / outgoing connections from 192.168.0.10
. Could this hurdle be overcome as security is essential on my linux and xp boxes ? Secondly, as soon as I disconnect from the net I lose the "Connection Sharing" so have to repeat the procedure.
But mikasi thank you so so much. I am indebted to you for your kind help.
Do you think the remaining minor problems can be overcome ?
Thanks again and best wishes,