Configuring SharePoint Virtual Machine LAN Connections
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by Steven Barden
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Which Virtual PC software choice

I am going to take a detour for a minute and touch on the holy war that is Microsoft versus VMware. I tend to use Microsoft Virtual PC on the desktop simply for the reason that it’s free and that is usually what I am allowed during contract employment. I don’t think it’s really fair to compare Microsoft Virtual PC and VMware Workstation for the fact that VMware Workstation is so much more advanced than Microsoft Virtual PC due to its intended scope and features. VMware's team system, cloning capabilities and so on put it far ahead of Microsoft Virtual PC simply because Microsoft does not address those considerations. Yet, in its base requirements and functionality it gets the job done. The server environment is a different situation, to me, and far outside the scope of this article. If you are going to seriously run in the Virtual OS space it’s worth your time to find the product that works for you. And to be fair I have not even touched on the fact that there are many more answers than just MS and VMware. I will simply wrap up by saying that if, like me, you tend to use Microsoft Virtual PC on the desktop, and VMware Virtual Server on the server side (again free), you may be happy to learn that VMware Server will open and run Microsoft Virtual PC images. Many times I have had to use Microsoft Virtual PC to start an image, just to find out that the image is worth running long term. As such you can copy it to your VMware Server environment with minimal changes and keep running the same image through server reboots under VMware Server.


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Title: guest   
Name: Andrei
Date: 2010-05-12 1:51:46 PM
Comment:
Steven, thank you for the great article. I was able to use your steps and configured host and VPC connection back and forth, so the host can access SharePoint VPC thru the browser. But I lost internet connection from VPC then. Could you please give some more details how to fix it. Thanks. Andrei.

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