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Old 10-06-2003, 11:18 AM   #1
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VmWare / Networking Problem

Hi Folks

Here's my situation / background info:

2 "Real" PC's...
P4-2400 on WinXP -- "P4-2400" --
P3-450 on Win98SE -- "P450" --

3 VMWare "Virtual" PC's that reside on the P4-2400
Slackware 9.0 -- "P4-Slackware" --
RedHat 8.0 -- "P4-RedHat" --
Win98SE -- "P4-Win98" --

VMWare Network Adapter "vmnet1" -- "manually configured"
IP Address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:
DNS Server:
WINS Server:

VMWare Network Adapter "vmnet8" -- "manually configured"
IP Address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:
DNS Server:
WINS Server:

GNET Internet Gateway (NAT router )
ASDL modem
Workgroup is named "WORKGROUP"

All of the PC's have access to the Internet and are all working correctly in
that regard.
Each of the **Windows** PC's (including the virtual one) are visible in the
(Windows) Network Neighborhood

The problem I have is linking the Linux PC's with the Windows PC's...
I'm not a network expert at all, and don't understand the Samba / LISA
My impression is that the Linux PC's want to be the server (host?)
I think both of them defaulted to localhost.localdomain

So... I'm a *little more* than a litle confused by all of these IP's...
Any network geniuses out there than can straighten me out?
Old 10-06-2003, 12:11 PM   #2
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OK first of all it looks to me like you're using bridged mode(check in NIC section of hardware), therefore vmnet1 and vmnet8 are irrelevant, go to the Virtual Network Editor and remove all host virtual adapters, and disable both dhcp and nat, these should already be provided by your router therefore they're unecessary overhead on your host as well as confusing.

All your PCs, including the linux VMs, are already networked properly. If you want to see linux VMs in network neightbourhood, you have to setup Samba, and no you don't have to be a network expert to set it up.
Basically all you need to do is edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and then start samba server(smbd and nmbd). There's a lot of informations out there on how to setup samba therefore I will not elaborate here. For Redhat you might want to try their samba configuration tool "redhat-config-samba", it's under Server Configuration Tools if you haven't installed it already. You can use the same smb.conf for Slackware with little modification if necessary, saves you from editing it again.


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