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Old 11-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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How to communicate between two VirtualBox VMs running on same host

I am running two VM instances of RHEL/CentOS on my VirtualBox instance running on host Windows 7. The problem is when I am executing `VBoxManage list vms -l | more` and then sunsequently `VBoxManage guestproperty get <uuid> "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/0/V4/IP"`, I can see the same IP for both the VMs. I have set the internal networking `intnet` for both the VMs using Networks --> Adapter 2 --> PCnet-FAST III (Internal Network, 'intnet') and my understanding was that eth1 may have been the local network interface for the VMs. But both their IP is showing as Is there a way I can access the IPs in the private VM network for the two VMs.

NOTE: I can also access only a single VM instance when accessing through Putty SSH client. And it is connecting to the proxy always. Thus I am not being able to distinguish between the VMs. I need separate instance accesses to run server and client codes on separate instances in a client-server architecture

I am attaching the VBoxManage command line outputs as executed on the host. I am running 1.3_2 and 1.3_3 sandboxes but both have same IP as shown below in bold:

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage list vms
"Hortonworks Sandbox 1.3" {4914b5c7-1395-47f5-80ef-8fbec8cadbd4}
"Hortonworks Sandbox 1.3_1" {f103f5d2-f949-4d67-a81e-c63ddc5335dc}
"Hortonworks Sandbox 1.3_2" {fc2b9f50-bf4a-4a5d-8189-22d62c7e1d67}
"Hortonworks Sandbox 1.3_3" {5976fff1-7a0d-4eca-bedf-7756f7076dbd}
C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage guestproperty get fc2b9f50-bf4a-4a
5d-8189-22d62c7e1d67 "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/0/V4/IP"

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage guestproperty get 5976fff1-7a0d-4e
ca-bedf-7756f7076dbd "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/0/V4/IP"

On the VM sandbox 1.3_2, I ran the below command to get the local IP for eth0 as below:
[hue@sandbox ~]$ arp -an
? ( at 52:54:00:12:35:02 [ether] on eth0
[hue@sandbox ~]$ route
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface * U 0 0 0 eth0
link-local * U 1002 0 0 eth0
default UG 0 0 0 eth0

Any ideas how can I find the distinct IPs for the different sandboxes?

NOTE: I tried to run the VBoxManage dhcpserver but it asks for `--ip` option and `--netmask` which I have provided as below with the following output:

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage dhcpserver add --netname intnet --
netmask 10.0.2.*
Oracle VM VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 4.3.0
(C) 2005-2013 Oracle Corporation
All rights reserved.


VBoxManage dhcpserver add|modify --netname <network_name> |
--ifname <hostonly_if_name>
[--ip <ip_address>
--netmask <network_mask>
--lowerip <lower_ip>
--upperip <upper_ip>]
[--enable | --disable]

VBoxManage dhcpserver remove --netname <network_name> |
--ifname <hostonly_if_name>

Syntax error: You need to specify --ip option

While trying to enable the dhcpserver, it already exists:

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage dhcpserver add --netname intnet --
ip --netmask --lowerip --upperip -
VBoxManage.exe: error: DHCP server already exists

Last edited by chakra1; 11-18-2013 at 10:48 PM.
Old 11-19-2013, 03:26 AM   #2
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If both have the same internal IP address, you wont be able to distinguish them.
Those VMs were cloned? If so, you might check their MAC addresses.
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I am not surprised that both have same IP address. Not sure it is by design or not however. One post suggested that you put two nic's in one of the machines and then use the second one.

Might ask why you are using nat. I do use it often but is it needed? Can you use static ip's in clients?
Old 12-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Check section 6.6 .

If I correctly understood your problem I beleive this is the answer.
Old 12-09-2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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Thank u for such valuable answer, It will help me a lot....
Old 12-09-2013, 02:43 AM   #6
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You are welcome...


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